In response to the growing contemporary separation of faith from public life, Pearcey proposes an integrated Christian worldview as the solution.In response to the growing contemporary separation of faith from public life, Pearcey proposes an integrated Christian worldview as the solution.Read Less
New. 1581344589. FLAWLESS COPY, PRISTINE, NEVER OPENED--479 pages--DESCRIPTION: "As a religiously adrift young adult in the 1960s, Pearcey found her way to the Swiss retreat, and the intellectually rigorous faith, of the Calvinist maverick Francis Schaeffer. This book continues the Schaeffer-inspired project that Pearcey and Chuck Colson began in How Now Shall We Live? -awakening evangelical Christians to the need for a Christian "worldview, " which Pearcey defines as "a biblically informed perspective on all reality." Pearcey gives credibly argued perspectives on everything from Rousseau's rebellion against the Enlightenment, to the roots of feminism, to the spiritual poverty of celebrity-driven Christianity. She also provides a layperson's guide to the history of America's anti-intellectual strain of evangelicalism. Unfortunately for the book's chance at a wide audience, several chapters are devoted to a critique of Darwinism and defense of Intelligent Design-with no substantive engagement with the many thoughtful Christians (John Polkinghorne, Ken Miller, Nancey Murphy, etc. ) who dissent from Intelligent Design's scientific and philosophical program. Still, Pearcey deftly applies Schaeffer's core insight that modernity has been built on a "two-story" view of reality-with "facts" on the ground floor and "values" up in the air. Her critique of this view is compelling, and her final chapters, which begin to sketch an integrated Christian way of living and thinking, are exceptional. This is the rare long book that leaves one wanting to read more."-Publishers Weekly.
I think the book is very relavent for today. Anyone who is seeking truth in anything should read it. I buy multiple copies so I can give them away.
Jul 22, 2010
This book is amazing. Every Christian should read this book. Especially college students, academia, and those who want to learn how to take their faith into their workplace and professions where they can impact the worldly culture they are surrounded by.
Dec 8, 2008
But don't forget the love
Total Truth, is a strange title for a homosapien book. Even the great Apostle Paul saw through a glass dimly. Not so with Ms. Nancy Pearcey. She has not a grid, but the grid. Maybe that is where I?m just too wary to fully join her. Ms. Pearcy has the grid. So somehow if you don?t use her grid your Christianity is just not up to snuff, especially as a thinking Christian. She is just a little too confident in her assertions. It is a ?we (thinking Evangelicals) have the total truth? and all we really need do is convince the world of it and we pretty much rid the world of most of its problems. In the last chapter of her book she talks about our need to love one another and states that possibly the last chapter should have been the first. I fully agree with her here and wish that she had spent more time in really looking how we Christians should relate to one another in the love of Christ.
Her roots are with Francis Schaffer but somehow things come presented all packaged with little challenge on how evangelicals ought really to love one another. Loving Catholics isn?t even in the equation. In one particularly annoying segment she tells evangelicals to stop beating each other up over our understanding of creation as presented in the Genesis account and to go after the evolutionist. I guess after we impale them then we can get back to eviscerating one another. The book is not a total waste I only wish she had put more of her mental energies in how the love of Christ should look for us as thinking Christians.
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