Dallas Willard Diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer

(Updated) The well-known author and philosopher has died at age 77.

Update (May 8): Dallas Willard has died, days after being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.

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Dallas Willard has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, according to a tweet from the author's official Twitter account. Willard, who is a University of Southern California philosophy professor, is 77 years old.

The Dr.s have informed Dallas that he has stage 4 cancer. Please join us in prayers for strength and healing.– Dallas Willard (@DallasAWillard) May 6, 2013

Willard is well known to many Christians from his books on spiritual formation, including The Divine Conspiracy (which Christianity Today selected as Book of the Year in 1998), The Spirit of the Disciplines, Hearing God, and Renovation of the Heart.

Willard has been a provocative Christian thinker since the 1960s, when he abandoned ministry to study philosophy. Since then, he has "devoted [himself] to reestablishing the exalted place moral reasoning once held in the academy."

CT profiled Willard in 2006, and interviewed him in 2005 on the ...

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