From Publishers Weekly
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.
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A vitally important work for the church today . . . Pearcey explains the secular/sacred dichotomy that continues to permeate society. -- Sarah Flashing, The Foundation for Women of Faith in Culture, February 22, 2005
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An outstanding writer. If you buy only one book this year, this would be at the top of the list. -- Charles Dunahoo, Christian Education and Publications, November 2004
Brilliant analysis and perspective, designed to . . . equip evangelicals apologetically. -- Catez Stevens, Allthings2all, April 12, 2005
Fabulous . . . Pearceys worldview guide [is] getting rave reviews from many sources. We highly recommend it. -- Byron Borger, Hearts & Minds, January 5, 2005
Pearcey advances well beyond Schaeffer, both in the maturity of her thought and in her original work. -- Bill Wichterman, Townhall.com
Pearcey argues passionately. . . . [she] can help Christians develop a more consistent orientation to all of life with a Christian worldview. -- Jim Skillen, Public Justice Report, 2nd quarter, 2005
Probably the most significant book of 2004. I pray its influence and impact will be felt for decades. -- Ray Bohlin, Probe Ministries, February 2005
Total Truth is probably the most significant book of 2004... its influence and impact will be felt for decades. -- Probe Ministries, February 2005
Very well written and spiced with anecdotes. Would that every Christian pastor and youth group leader read this book. -- Angus Menuge, Touchstone, December 2004
Viewed by many as the Francis Schaeffer of her generation . . . essential reading for all serious-thinking Christians. -- Adrian Warnock, UK Evangelical Blog, February 2005