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Total Truth (Study Guide Edition): Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity Paperback – February 28, 2008
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"This book continues the Schaeffer-inspired project that Nancy 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.' This is the rare long book that leaves one wanting to read more."
On one level, this book is a lucid, easy-to-understand manual for worldview thinking. But it also breaks new ground in worldview analysis."
"Pearcey is an outstanding writer with the ability not only to express deep thoughts in a very readable way, but one who also understands a biblically reformed world and life view. If you buy only one book this year, this would be at the top of the list."
—Equip For MinistryEquip For Ministry
"Pearcey helps readers see how many modern Christians unwittingly accept a sacred/secular split, which allows them to relegate faith to the private sphere of life. She then clearly puts forth a Scriptural picture of integrating all of life under the liberating Lordship of Christ and shows what that truth means for the areas of public policy, family life, science, business, law, education, and more."
—Covenant MagazineCovenant Magazine
Total Truth questions the modern American cultural attitude of keeping religion a private matter, claiming that Christianity's truth is best served by being brought into the public sphere to maximize its influence."
—Midwest Book Review
"Thoroughly researched, well-written and well-argued, Total Truth will prove to be a useful and easily accessible guidebook for many who seek to develop a comprehensive biblical worldview that affects not only beliefs but actions."
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Formerly an agnostic, Pearcey studied under Francis Schaeffer at L'Abri in Switzerland. She earned an MA from Covenant Theological Seminary and pursued further graduate work in History of Philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto.
Heralded as "America's pre-eminent evangelical Protestant female intellectual" (The Economist), Pearcey is professor and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University. She is a fellow of the Discovery Institute and editor-at-large of The Pearcey Report. As founding editor of the radio program BreakPoint, she also coauthored a monthly column with Chuck Colson in Christianity Today.
Pearcey has contributed to several books and published more than a hundred articles. She has spoken in the US Capitol and the White House; at universities such as Princeton, Stanford, and Dartmouth; to actors in Hollywood and artists in New York City; on NPR and C-SPAN. Her earlier books include The Soul of Science and Saving Leonardo.
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The cultural captivity that Pearcey refers to is the banishment of Christian ideas to the private sphere of values and subjective feelings, and out of the public sphere of facts, objective knowledge, and science. This two-tiered division of truth that our culture (and many Christians) accepts results in both the truth claims of Christianity not being taken seriously since they are not seen as belonging to the realm of knowledge, and in Christians themselves not knowing how to integrate their faith to the whole of reality. Worse, evangelicals (conservative Bible-believing Christians) have gone from dominating the culture of the nineteenth century, to being completely marginalized today. And it is largely their own fault.Read more ›
Total Truth is subtitled "Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity" and this is the task to which Pearcey dedicates the book. She shows how Christians have adopted a worldview that is bound and influenced by our culture, so that we now understand Christianity through a secular worldview. She teaches that the opposite needs to be true - that we need to see society through a distinctly Christian lens, allowing a Christian worldview to interpret all that we see, do and think. She says "This book will address [the hunger for a Christian worldview] and offers new direction for advancing the worldview movement.Read more ›
"They mean to tell us all was rolling blind, till accidentally it hit on the mind. . ." - Robert Frost
The theologian and minister A.W. Tozer is quoted as saying, "Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian." While this is true Christian thinking, it would also have to be equally true that nothing less than a whole person can make a whole Christian. Both must be true. This would include our mind, our thinking, and our vocations. Nancy Pearcey addresses this point in her book Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity.
In Total Truth, Pearcey addresses the issue of the false dichotomy between the sacred and the secular. The divide between the sacred and the secular is a false dichotomy. This is dualism and a plague, according to Pearcey, which does not reflect a true Christian worldview. Pearcey seeks to recapture the idea, which our early church fathers had, that "all truth is God's truth" and that this truth is to be lived out in every area of our lives. She states that the "total truth" captures all of life and reality. We are to be integrated and whole human beings, living in the world, while living out our faith consistently in a manner that brings glory to our God. As the Apostle Paul puts it in Colossians 3:17, "whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." This is a more accurate picture of a life lived by a whole, and integrated, Christian.
In Total Truth, Pearcey defines what a worldview is. She defines it simply as the understanding of the entire human experience.Read more ›
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Total Truth is totally worth your time to read. It brings much to light in historical church thinking that we don't take time to research. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Sandra Harris
Fantastic read. We used this in my class and it added a lot of insight! Highly recommend it!Published 3 days ago by Nate Boscaljon
I would give Total Truth 10 stars if I could. Pearcey is incisive as ever in her assessments of cultural currents. I wish I had half her insight.Published 21 days ago by Ned Ferguson
A well-researched and powerfully persuasive book that highlights the importance of a Biblical worldview and the futility of thinking that we can approach research/science... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shaun Joynt
Great book! Especially recommended for people in intellectual circles. But it's also useful information for all Christians, young and old, regardless of backround.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer