- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Crossway Books; First Edition, 2nd Printing edition (June 29, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581344589
- ISBN-13: 978-1581344585
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 274 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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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
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
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Nancy Pearcey puts a stake in the heart of the anti-intellectual demon that has plagued the Church, and has called out a feeble, feckless, feminized Church. Total Truth provides the intellectual weapons to cross swords with secular philosophies. The "God said it. I believe it. That settles it" faith doesn't cut it in the intellectual arena. Christians have to be equipped to wage war on secularism and other vain philosophies. Nancy Pearcey helps us do just that.
Truth is a rare as those that take a stand for it. Opinion has replaced it and survival of the fittest is a
large part of the reason why.
When you understand this, science is itself also *very* concealed behind personal and political agenda.