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Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from its Cultural Captivity

Nancy R. Pearcey

Crossway Books, (Hardcover), 480 pages, 2004

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Foreword by Phillp E. Johnson

Does God belong in the public arena of politics, business, law, and education? Or is religion a private matter only�personally comforting but publicly irrelevant?

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 Christianity from its cultural captivity. She walks readers through practical, hands-on steps for crafting 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.

What others are saying about Total Truth:
�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

�A 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

�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

�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

�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

�Seldom does one find a book with serious content, historical depth, and Christian integrity that is also easy to read. If you feel lost in the fog of today�s cultural confusions, read this book.�
�James Skillen, 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 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 or contributed to several works, including the ECPA Gold Medallion winner How Now Shall We Live?, The Soul of Science, and Total Truth.

Table of Contents
Foreword by Phillip E. Johnson

Introduction

What's in a Worldview?
1. Breaking Out of the Grid
2. Rediscovering Joy
3. Keeping Religion in Its Place
4. Surviving the Spiritual Wasteland

Starting at the Beginning
5. Darwin Meets the Berenstain Bears
6. The Science of Common Sense
7. Today Biology, Tomorrow the World
8. Darwins of the Mind

How We Lost Our Minds
9. What's So Good About Evangelicalism?
10. When America Met Christianity -- Guess Who Won?
11. Evangelicals' Two-Story Truth
12. How Women Started the Culture War

What Next? Living It Out
13. True Spirituality and Christian Worldview

Appendices
Appendix 1: How American Politics Became Secularized
Appendix 2: Modern Islam and the New Age Movement
Appendix 3: The Long War Between Materialism and Christianity
Appendix 4: Isms on the Run: Practical Apologetics at L'Abri

Notes
Recommended Reading
Index


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