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Total Truth: Liberating Christianity From Its Cultural Captivity

Total Truth: Liberating Christianity From Its Cultural Captivity

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by Nancy R. Pearcey, Phillip E. Johnson (Foreword by)

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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. (July) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Even if you¿re not a believer, this would be an engrossing read ¿ especially if you think Bible-believing Christians have checked their brains at the door. It is, in fact, an astounding book that unveils in painstaking historical detail how our worldviews shape our beliefs, often to the detriment of truth. Already thoroughly marked-up, it¿s on my list of books demanding a second reading. And probably a third.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nancy Pearcy carries the great tradition laid down by Francis Schaeffer in this classic. She hits on all of life's important subjects so that a lay or an academic can benefit from this read. She especially looks at the tenets of Intelligent Design.