Died: Dallas Willard, 'Divine Conspiracy' Author and Philosopher

(UPDATED) Provocative thinker dies at 77 after revealing stage 4 cancer diagnosis.

Update: See John Ortberg's tribute to Willard here.

Dallas Willard, a prominent philosopher on a "quiet quest to subvert nominal Christianity" (according to a 2006 CT profile), died today after losing a battle with cancer. He was 77.

Willard's death is a loss for all Christians, Willard's long-time friend and collaborator Richard Foster told CT.

"For us, a great light has gone out," Foster said. "Heaven today is brighter."

HarperOne broke the news:

Beloved author of THE DIVINE CONSPIRACY and critical thought leader Dallas Willard passes. Rest in peace, Dallas. bit.ly/10blVF2– HarperOne (@HarperOne) May 8, 2013

According to Gary Moon, executive director of the Dallas Willard Center at Westmont College, Willard died early Wednesday morning, but "awakened to a full experience of the reality of the Kingdom of the Heavens he described so beautifully. Fittingly, his last two words were, "'Thank you.'"

Not long after news broke, InterVarsity Press associate publisher Andrew T. Le Peau wrote on his blog ...

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