Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity

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Crossway Books, 2005 - Religion - 511 pages
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Is God a public figure?

Does Christianity have a legitimate role to play in the public realm of politics, business, law, and education? Or are secularists right?

When they relegate religion to the strictly private realm of faith and feelings?

In Total Truth, Nancy Pearcey offers a razor-sharp analysis of the split between public and private, fact and feelings. She reveals the strategies of secularist gatekeepers who use this division to banish biblical principles from the cultural mainstream, stripping Christianity of its power to challenge and redeem the whole of culture.

How can we overcome this divide? Unify our fragmented lives? Recover authentic spirituality? With compelling examples from the struggles of real people, Pearcey shows how to liberate Christianity from its cultural captivity. She walks readers through practical, hands-on steps for developing a full-orbed Christian worldview. Finally, she makes a passionate case that Christianity is not just religious truth but truth about total reality. It is total truth.

This new Study Guide Edition of Total Truth is filled with fresh stories, examples, and illustrations. Based on questions and comments raised by readers of the book, it is ideal for individual or group study.

Total Truth received an Award of Merit in Christianity Today's 2005 book awards and won the 2005 ECPA Gold Medallion Award in the Christianity and Society category. What Others Are Saying about Total Truth:

"COMPELLING... EXCEPTIONAL... the rare long book that leaves one wanting to read more." --Publishers Weekly

"A book of UNUSUAL IMPORTANCE by an author of UNUSUAL ABILITY." --Phillip Johnson, UC Berkeley, from the Foreword

"SPLENDID, COMPREHENSIVE, PERSONAL MAGNUM OPUS.... Every page is loaded with trenchant insights." --Ralph Winter, U.S. Center for World Mission

"UNIQUE COMBINATION of apologetics, worldview analysis, social commentary, and instruction manual. Pearcey's knowledge, insight, and faith place her among the TOP HANDFUL OF RELEVANT CHRISTIAN THINKERS of our time." --David Limbaugh, Columnist, Author, Persecution

"BRILLIANT... Pearcey has a mind like a jewel." --Lael Arrington, Author, Worldproofing Your Kids

"PROFOUND... Pearcey makes complex issues clear as no one else has." --Ted Baehr, Founder, Movieguide

"MARVELOUS CLARITY... Pearcey explains how modern science reinforces Christianity--and why more Christians should be aware of it." --Michael Behe, Author, Darwin's Black Box

"AMAZING in the depth of its worldview analysis... SUPERBLY CRAFTED... BEST WORK of cultural analysis from a Christian standpoint available today." --James Sire, Author, The Universe Next Door

"BOLD MANIFESTO... May well be one of the most important Christian books of our times." --Al Mohler, President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Pearcey is FIRING ON ALL PISTONS... I love her stubborn and intelligent insistence on the gospel's truth and relevance to all of life." --Kelly Monroe Kullberg, Coauthor and Editor, Finding God at Harvard

"BREAKS NEW GROUND in worldview analysis... the most insightful applications since Francis Schaeffer." --Gene Edward Veith, Culture Editor, World magazine

"ALL WILL PROFIT MIGHTILY from what is written here.... Pearcey takes us into truer and worthier witness in our increasingly secularized world." --J. I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College

"ASTUTE CULTURAL CRITIC and one of the few female intellectuals in evangelicalism." --The Evangelical Outpost

"If you feel lost in the fog of today's cultural confusions, READ THIS BOOK." --James Skillen, President, Center for Public Justice

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Had Schaeffer been a good writer. - Goodreads
A helpful introduction to Biblical Worldview. - Goodreads
The definitive reference on worldview analysis. - Goodreads
A required book for my educational philosophy class. - Goodreads
Nancy Pearcey is well-read and easy to read. - Goodreads
But a good intro for highschool kids. - Goodreads

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About the author (2005)

Nancy Pearcey " is professor of Worldview Studies at Philadelphia Biblical University and editor-at-large of "The Pearcey Report." Formerly an agnostic, she studied Christian worldview at L'Abri Fellowship in Switzerland with Francis Schaeffer in the 1970s and was later named the Francis A. Schaeffer Scholar at the World Journalism Institute in New York City. There she taught a worldview course based on her 2005 ECPA Gold Medallion Awardwinning book, "Total Truth." Pearcey also founded the daily radio program "BreakPoint," wrote a monthly column in "Christianity Today "magazine for five years, and coauthored Charles Colson's book, "How Now Shall We Live? "She and her husband have two sons.

Philip S. Johnston is senior tutor at Hughes Hall, Cambridge. He has taught at Belfast, St. Andrews and Oxford. He has published studies of Israelite afterlife beliefs, and has an interest in Israel past and present--along with a commitment to reconciliation. His other books includeLes Psaumes, Interpreting the Psalms (coeditor with David Firth), Shades of Sheol and The Land of Promise (coeditor with Peter Walker).

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