Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity (Study Guide Edition)

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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

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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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 The Soul of Science and the bestselling, award-winning How Now Shall We Live?

Total Truth received the Award of Merit in Christianity Today's 2005 book awards in the Christianity & Culture category, and won the ECPA Gold Medallion Award for best book of 2005 in the Christianity & Society category.

From AudioFile:

Why are we here? What is my purpose in life? Questions like these are answered in this challenging and thought-provoking audiobook. Kate Reading does an excellent narration. In a clear and resonant voice she illuminates Pearcey's conviction that our worldview controls our entire way of looking at life. A flawed worldview can bring about despair and hopelessness. Pearcey tells her of her personal journey to the truth of Christianity. Written for the intellectual and searching mind, TOTAL TRUTH suggests that embracing Christianity in all aspects of life brings lasting peace and satisfaction. Kate Reading's narration effectively portrays the author's message. N.L. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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