Total Truth (Study Guide Edition): Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity
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.
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.
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“COMPELLING… EXCEPTIONAL… the rare long book that leaves one wanting to read more.”
“A book of UNUSUAL IMPORTANCE by an author of UNUSUAL ABILITY.”
UC Berkeley, from the Foreword
“SPLENDID, COMPREHENSIVE, PERSONAL MAGNUM OPUS…. Every page is loaded with trenchant insights.”
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.”
Columnist, Author, Persecution
“BRILLIANT… Pearcey has a mind like a jewel.”
Author, Worldproofing Your Kids
“PROFOUND… Pearcey makes complex issues clear as no one else has.”
“MARVELOUS CLARITY… Pearcey explains how modern science reinforces Christianity—and why more Christians should be aware of it.”
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.”
Author, The Universe Next Door
“BOLD MANIFESTO… May well be one of the most important Christian books of our times.”
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.”
President, Center for Public Justice
About the Author
Nancy Randolph Pearcey is the Francis A. Schaeffer scholar at the World Journalism Institute, where she teaches a worldview course based on the study guide edition of Total Truth. A former agnostic, Pearcey studied Christian worldview under Schaeffer at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland in the early 1970s. She earned an M.A. from Covenant Theological Seminary, followed by further graduate work in philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto. Pearcey has been publishing pioneering works on Christian worldview since 1977, and she has been heralded as “one of the few female intellectuals in evangelicalism” (The Evangelical Outpost). She has authored or contributed to articles in numerous journals and magazines, as well as Crossway’s The Soul of Science and the bestselling, award-winning How Now Shall We Live?
Hardcover, 512 pages.