Dr. Willard is a well-renowned, well-regarded Christian scholar and author. His book, "The Divine Conspiracy," was selected as Christianity Today's Book of the Year for 1999. His other books include "The Spirit of the Disciplines" (1988) and "Renovation of the Heart" (2002). Dr. Willard displays an scholarly acumen and a pastor's heart, seeking to integrate philosophy, theology, and ethics with practical discipleship and Christian day-to-day living. He is also a popular speaker who has participated in a number of Veritas Forums. A professor's professor, Dr. Williard is interested in reaching out to skeptical colleges students and to their even-more skeptical professors. He has long been a professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California, working in the field of logic and epistemology. Dr. Willard studied at William Jewell College, Tennessee Temple College, and Baylor University before earning a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin.