Conversatio Divina

Just How Smart is Jesus? Testing His Theory of Transformation in an Academic Setting

Daniel Napier

This talk is from the session, Spiritual Formation Across the Curriculum and Co-Curriculum, the fourth general session of the 2018 Experiencing Life with God Conference, an academic conference hosted by the Martin Institute of Westmont College and Renovaré. Here is Daniel Napier's description: Dallas Willard challenged us to consider Jesus the most intelligent person who ever lived. In taking Dallas Willard’s challenge, I discovered that Jesus offered a coherent theory of lasting personal change. What is involved? Transformation of three life-elements: ideas, everyday disciplines, and social identity. Let’s imagine what seminary formation might become if we followed Jesus’ model.