Dallas Willard on the Importance of Memorization

Time Posted on January 28, 2010 User Andy

Dallas Willard, professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California, wrote:

Bible memorization is absolutely fundamental to spiritual formation. If I had to choose between all the disciplines of the spiritual life, I would choose Bible memorization, because it is a fundamental way of filling our minds with what it needs. This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth. That’s where you need it! How does it get in your mouth? Memorization

- Dallas Willard (“Spiritual Formation in Christ for the Whole Life and Whole Person” in Vocatio, Vol. 12, no. 2, Spring, 2001, p. 7)

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2 responses to Dallas Willard on the Importance of Memorization

Hope Aderman

I agree. When you memorize Scripture and meditate on it, you think about it so much more than when you just read it. It really helps with spiritual growth. I love God's promise that His Word will not return to Him void!


I too agree! It also keep me from wasting time on things of this world.