“Knowing What’s True - Doing What’s Good,” an  academic symposium is offered as part of the Moral Knowledge Initiative of the Dallas Willard Ministries. With sessions focused on major aspects of our culture—business, diversity, education, philosophy and science—our six distinguished speakers will address the disappearance of moral knowledge in our society and identify actionable steps for its recovery. The primary focus is on instilling character and virtue in young people. Day 1 focuses on knowing what’s true, Day 2 on doing what’s good. 

A diverse panel of 20 world-class, interdisciplinary experts will gather from 9:00am to 4:30pm each day to present and discuss innovative ideas for the restoration and promotion of goodness, truth, and human flourishing in their respective fields. We invite you to come as part of our audience. Listen, learn, and share your own comments and questions with us in the closing Q&A each day. The $50 registration fee includes refreshments and a boxed lunch each day. If you’re unable to join us in person, live-streaming will be available throughout the symposium.


“People find it easy to call good evil and evil good. Almost any opinion on moral matters can now be voiced with a straight face and an expectation to be taken seriously, even by those in opposition. This is because there is no available, recognized body of knowledge of good and evil against which those opinions can be evaluated. Today you can call anything you want “good” without fear of being shown to be mistaken. One can always reject a moral statement, or a moral reason for acting or not acting in a certain way, without appearing unlearned or ignorant or stupid. Those categories simply do not apply now to moral matters.”

Those words were written by Dr. Dallas Willard in 2007. As a professor at the University of Southern California, he had a close-up view of how the declining availability of moral knowledge was impacting students each year. Deeply concerned by the steady deterioration of moral teaching in our culture, Willard wrote and taught on the subject for 15 years. Subsequent to his passing in 2013, Willard’s work is continuing through the work of his students, colleagues and family, leading to the 2018 publication of "The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge" and the founding of the Moral Knowledge Initiative. 

The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge Video   |    Article:  Where is Moral Knowledge? ·