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ICONS of Evolution Curriculum Modules DVD
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Jonathan Wells has news for you. Most of the traditional evidence presented for evolution in high school textbooks is wrong. Every iconic image--from the "Haeckel’s Embros" to Darwin’s Finches, to the ascent of man--is, says Dr. Wells, either inconclusive, incomplete, or even outright fraudulent. Wells documents his claims in his classic book Icons of Evolution and the documentary video by the same title has been one of our best sellers.

The video is now available in a new Curriculum Modules DVD edition that allows students or teachers to focus on individual Icons for a class session. 


The following six modules are available on the DVD:

  1. Haeckel’s Embryos
  2. The Galapagos Finches
  3. Four-Winged Fruit Flies
  4. Antibiotic Resistance
  5. Homology
  6. The Cambrian Explosion

The Curriculum Modules DVD is structured to be used with the new Student Study Guide, which can also be ordered with the Modules DVD as a study kit (v054sk).

To order your copy of The Icons of Evolution Curriculum Modules DVD (with optional study guide) go to

Total Truth

New book by Nancy Pearcey

This month we are focusing the work of Nancy Pearcey, one of our ARN Featured Authors and one of today’s leading worldview thinkers. Nancy Randolph Pearcey is the Francis A. Schaeffer scholar at the World Journalism Institute, where she teaches a worldview curriculum. After earning an M.A. from Covenant Theological Seminary, she pursued further graduate work in philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto. Currently she serves as a Visiting Scholar at the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University, and a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute. Pearcey has authored and contributed to several works, including the ECPA Gold Medallion winner How Now Shall We Live?, The Soul of Science, and Total Truth.

In today’s cultural etiquette, it is not considered polite to mix public and private, or sacred and secular. This division is the single most potent force keeping Christianity contained in the private sphere—stripping it of its power to challenge and redeem the whole of culture.

In Total Truth, Nancy Pearcey offers a razor-sharp analysis of the public/private split, explaining how it hamstrings our efforts at both personal and cultural renewal. Ultimately it reflects a division in the concept of truth itself, which functions as a gatekeeper, ruling Christian principles out of bounds in the public arena.

How can we unify our fragmented lives and recover spiritual power? With examples from the lives of real people, past and present, Pearcey teaches readers how to liberate their theistic worldview from its cultural captivity.

What others are saying about Total Truth:

“…this is a book of unusual importance by an author of unusual ability.  Nancy Pearcey is an author who is greatly respected by all who know her work.” 
 —Phillip E. Johnson, from the Foreword

Total Truth is amazing, both in the depth of its worldview analysis and in its superbly crafted writing style. The best work of cultural analysis from a Christian standpoint available today.”
—James Sire, author, The Universe Next Door

“Pearcey takes us into truer and worthier witness in our increasingly secularized world. All will profit mightily from what is written here.”
—J. I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College

“ “One of the most profound writers today, Pearcey makes complex issues clear as no one else has.”
—Ted Baehr, Founder, Movieguide

Total Truth exhibits the depth of research and breadth of coverage we have come to expect from Nancy Pearcey.”
—J. P. Moreland, Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology

 “With marvelous clarity of thought and prose, Pearcey explains how modern science reinforces Christianity—and why more Christians should be aware of it.”
—Michael Behe, author, Darwin’s Black Box

“A mind like a jewel. . . . Total Truth is brilliant.”
—Lael Arrington, author, Worldproofing Your Kids

“Nancy Pearcey takes the analysis of worldviews to another level, in the most insightful applications since Francis Schaeffer.”
—Gene Edward Veith, Culture Editor, World magazine

A recent Washington Times interview with Pearcey provides additional insight into the author and her latest book.

To order the new book by Nancy Pearcey Total Truth, go to

Save 10% when you order the book and companion lecture video below.

Darwinian Naturalism: Cultural and Philosophical Implications                      

UC Santa Barbara lecture by Nancy Pearcey

v036.jpgIs Darwinian evolution simply a scientific theory, or is it a worldview that attempts to explain and direct all of reality?  Nancy Pearcey argues the latter in this lecture presented at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Pearcey documents the broader cultural implications of Darwinism with a survey of recent books that give a Darwinian perspective on politics, education, history, health, sexuality, literature, morality, religion, and law.

But the most telling evidence of the cultural impact of Darwinism for Pearcey was a Berenstain Bear’s children’s book she purchased several years ago for her son.  In Nature Guide, the Berenstain Bear’s indoctrinate young minds in the Darwinian world view with classic Carl Saganisms such as “Nature is all that is, or was, or every will be.”

Pearcey finishes with a preview of her new book, Total Truth, explaining how the cultural spread of Darwinism is a direct result of the Fact/Value dichotomy of modernism that segregates values and religion to the upper story of private beliefs from the lower story public world of rationalism and facts.

Recorded at the University of California, Santa Barabara before a live audience, Fall 2003.  Running time = 1 hour 12 minutes including Q&A session.

 To order the Darwinian Naturalism lecture DVD go to:

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The Soul of Science

Book by Nancy Pearcey and Charles Thaxton

From the introduction…

“In this book, we will identify and track some of the more significant philosophical streams of thought since the scientific revolution.  As we proceed, it will become clear that the progress of science was a far cry form the simple ‘emancipation’ from religion.  On the contrary, science has been shaped largely by debates among Christians over which philosophy of nature gives the best way to conceptualize the kind of world God created and the nature of His relationship to it.  Even after philosophical materialism began to penetrate scientific thought, Christian influences remained vibrant.  References to God in public discourse were common.  Not until the late nineteenth to early twentieth century did Christian faith lose its hold as a shared, public commitment and retreat to the realm of private, individual belief. Our goal in this book is to describe highlights in the growth of science both before and after this change took place.”




"Pearcey and Thaxton show that the alliance between atheism and science is a temporary aberration and that, far from being inimical to science, Christian theism has played and will continue to play an important role in the growth of scientific understanding. This brilliant book deserves wide readership." 
--Phillip E. Johnson, University of California, Berkeley

"This book would be an excellent text for courses on science and religion, and it should be read by all Christians interested in the relationship between science and their theological commitments."                                                                                                                                 
 --J.P. Moreland, Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

“I consider The Soul of Science to be a most significant book which, in our scientific age, should be required reading for all thinking Christians and all practicing scientists. The authors demonstrate how the flowering of modern science depended upon the Judeo-Christian worldview of the existence of a real physical contingent universe, created and held in being by an omnipotent personal God, with man having the capabilities of rationality and creativity, and thus being capable of investigating it. Pearcey and Thaxton make excellent use of analogies to elucidate difficult concepts, and the clarity of their explanations for the nonspecialist, for example, of Einstein's relativity theories or of the informational content of DNA and its consequences for theories of prebiotic evolution, are quite exceptional, alone making the volume worth purchasing."   
--Dr. David Shotton, Lecturer in Cell Biology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

To order your copy of The Soul of Science Christian Faith and Natural Philosophy go to:

How Now Shall We Live?

Book by Nancy Pearcey and Charles Colson

 According to Pearcey and Colson everyone has a worldview and every worldview attempts to answer four basic questions: 1) Where did we come from? 2) What has gone wrong with the world? 3)  What can we do to fix it? 4) How now shall we live?  In this 576 page manual, Pearcey and Colson compare and contrast how the Christian worldview answers these four important questions against popular alternatives such as Darwinism, Marxism, and Post Modernism.  They show that Christian Theism presents more rational and logical answers to these questions then the alternatives. They also show how the Christian theistic worldview provides practical answers to tough problems with real-world stories.

Those of us who cut our teeth on worldview thinking in the 1970’s with Francis Schaeffer’s books will find the title and the approach a very familiar extension of his work from a generation ago.  Those who are new to worldview thinking will find the book a fresh and invigorating way to make sense of many of today’s important cultural issues.

To order How Now Shall We Live go to:

Most scientific investigation is to a large extent dependent on our ability to experience the sensation of sight. From constructing the devices for detection, making the necessary observations, and collating the data for analyses and interpretation, having the ability to see is very important in our being able to analyze the world around us.

But how is it that we are capable of experiencing the sensation of sight, of being able to see our loved ones, the grandeur of nature, and the inspiring creations of humankind? In this month’s column and the two to follow Dr. Glickman will explore this very question. How indeed are we capable of detecting a specific range of electromagnetic energy and converting it into an image for us to see?

Please join in him in this month’s web column "Wired for Much More than Sound: Part IV: Vision Part 1--Parts of the Eye."


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