Total Truth by Nancy R. Pearcey

Total Truth

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 bib...

Details Total Truth

TitleTotal Truth
Release DateSep 21st, 2005
PublisherCrossway Books
GenreReligion, Theology, Christian, Philosophy, Christianity, Nonfiction, Cultural

Reviews Total Truth

  • Cathy Rape
    Has anyone else ever had the overwhelming desire to buy 100 copies of a book you just read and pass them out to anyone and everyone you thought would actually read it? That is how this book left me feeling. Nancy Pearcy does an amazing job of stripping cultural assumptions down to their roots, then following their development through the ages, in order to show the reader the basis of philosophical assumptions we have inherited through culture. Re...
  • Douglas Wilson
    One of the most satisfying books I have read in a while.
  • Joel
    If you want a comprehensive presentation of worldview apologetics, this is the book to which I would turn. Excellent scholarship covering historical development of philosophy to today, as well as the concurrent development of Christian thought. Great reflection on where we have come from, where we are headed, and what sense to make of the world in which we live as believers. Best of all, Pearcey avoids sounding like a textbook and remains readabl...
  • Keith
    As I finished this book I was washed over with a variety of impressions. First, this book should be read by every Christian educator, no matter what grade level of training. Second, if you haven't been impressed to read F. Shaeffer's works before you read Pearcy's work, I think you will be after reading it. Third, I'm exhausted having to just keep up with the end/footnotes! But I love this thorough documentation. Don't overlook one of them. Fourt...
  • Christa
    Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey is a very important book. I found myself often trying to retell the truths contained in this book to my husband. I found especially informative her walking the reader through the concept of two- story truth. Also very enlightening was the history of the evangelical movement.
  • Randy
    Christians in North America tend to view their Christianity strictly in terms of their individual commitment to Jesus Christ, and they see their part in the Great Commission as sharing their faith and bringing others also into such a saving relationship. Yet they are frustrated by a feeling of having their hands tied, of unspoken assumptions which they may sense but not be able to put their finger on. More than in any other nation, professing Ame...
  • Brian Eshleman
    The middle portion of this is five-star material, wherin the author makes good on her claim to trace today's assumptions within and without the Church back to the roots and coolly asses the strengths and weaknesses that have come down to us in current worldviews. Why was the main stage of culture left vacant for a philosophy under-penned by secular assumptions? Why has there been a persistent anti-intellectual strain in evangelicalism? Why does t...
  • Nate San
    Very few books have shaken my paradigm as much as "Total Truth" by Nancy Pearcy has. She is amazing at exegeting the culture and pinpointing where Christianity has pulled away from the public sphere and bought into the dichotomy of value/fact. The book is split into several parts, beginning with a set up of how we got into the mess we find ourselves in and then she hits a homerun with recommendations towards resolving the problem. I've read far t...
  • Matthew Green
    I debated whether or not this should be a two or three star review before eventually deciding that Pearcy's good points were tertiary to her intent. Thus, I felt like what could have been fair was less than.However, it's difficult to rate this book in the first place considering that it felt like three or four books ranging from decent to atrocious. Still, it is somewhat easy to differentiate between those books thanks to Pearcy's handy separatio...
  • Laura
    Do you know that feeling you get when you find the perfect container to organize some unruly collection of items? That satisfied thrill of orderliness is the best way to explain what Nancy Pearcey's book did for my mind. She gave me new categories, better answers, and helped me cull out the mental clutter (like constructivism!) and left me with a clear worldview. This is one of the most original, intelligent, and thoroughly interesting books I've...
  • Ross Leavitt
    This book is a multifaceted expansion of one simple thesis introduced by Francis Schaeffer: that today we think scientific pronouncements are binding on everyone, while religious and moral beliefs are not. That we operate on the lie that gravity and evolution are absolutely true no matter who you are, yet Jesus Christ can be both God and not God, depending on your perspective. In her confusing (in my opinion) subtitle, she means that our culture ...
  • John
    I've reviewed "Total Truth" before, so I don't think I'll review it again except to say that a subtitle could be "The decline of the evangelical mind," a phrase the author uses. Keep in mind, though, that her purpose is not to tear down evangelical Christianity but to bolster it.Excerpts:"In Minnesota, teachers are instructed to be tolerant of 'multiple mathematical worldviews.'"(Where were those teachers when I took math?)"When the only form of ...
  • Camille Turner
    I got this book from Christian Audio on sale. The one I really wanted was "Love Thy Body" by the same author. The book addresses very important topics and tries to be comprehensive in its coverage of worldview. I couldn't really pin down why I didn't like it that much. Author's writing style? Reader's Style? The Content? Through most of the book, I felt like, "ok, hurry it up, move on with it; I'm tired of hearing about the upper and lower storie...
  • Jonathan Harris
    Perhaps the best book I've ever read outside the Bible up to this point has been Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey. . . The book is divided into four sections: What's in a Worldview, Starting at the Beginning, How We Lost Our Minds, and What's Next: Living It Out. Section one reads a little bit like How Shall We Then Live tracing dualistic thought from Platonic Dualism through Augustine and Aquinas all the way to our present modernist outlook. The sec...
  • Abrahamus
    The fact that it took me four-and-a-half years (in several widely separated and intensive forays) to work my way through this volume (over 500 pages counting the Study Guide at the end, which I will save for later) should say more about the scarcity of time I have for reading these days than it should about my interest level or its importance.Pearcy is a protege of Francis and Edith Schaeffer who spent time in her youth living with and studying u...
  • Abigail
    I found many chapters very informative and enlightening, though most were beyond my comprehension. If I were to read this book a second time in a few years I'm sure I would understand a lot more.
  • Kirk
    Whoever controls the origin story—the foundational belief about our origins—controls the culture. That is the premise of this provocative, articulate book. In our culture the origin story is controlled by Evolutionists with the result being that Christians have lost their voice in the culture—we have become culturally irrelevant. She makes an erudite and impassioned argument against Evolution and in favor of Creation citing numerous scholar...
  • Rod Innis
    This is a very comprehensive book on worldview and shows how the Christian worldview is really the only worldview that truly fits reality.It is not a dry academic approach but a passionate appeal to Christians to live out a Biblical worldview because it is true. The Biblical God is real; the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ is true. So Christians need to live it so their own lives have value and real purpose but also so they can introduce ot...
  • Bryan Smith
    Cultural apologetics at its finest. A tasteful analysis of various worldviews (particularly the Christian worldview), their historical and philosophical roots, and the story of how each has impacted and shaped the culture over time into what it is today. A truly great read.
  • Rachel
    This is one of my favorite books. It covers the source of the religious fact/value dichotomy in America, and the resulting fragmentation of the sacred and secular. It is a great book about forming a Christian worldview that applies to all of life.
  • Kyle
    Classic worldview book. a much-needed read today – I used this as a discipleship tool in our Dutch Church, very helpful
  • Becky Hintz
    I'm not sure I've ever finished a book and then just flipped to the beginning and started over again... until now. Total Truth is that good, and that important.
  • Vincent Stewart
    Brilliant! I could hardly put this down. Each page was jam-packed full of great truth and insight while providing a useful historical analysis of our current milieu.
  • Ashley McKnight
    Fantastic. A must read.
  • David West
    Fantastic treatment of worldview. This book isn't an easy, casual read, but it is full of great history. The refutation of Darwinism was good, the chapter on the rise of feminism was helpful, and the conclusion pointed back to the Gospel.Highly recommended for those who like this sort of thing.
  • Janet Reeves
    It takes time to digest, but this is one book that everybody needs to read.
  • Jason Kanz
    Read this book. I wanted to make sure that this important message did not get lost in the remainder of my review, so let me say it again--read this book. Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from its Cultural Captivity by Nancy Pearcey (2004) is an excellent, broad-sweeping, intellectual rich treatment of understanding Christian worldview. Pearcey has clearly been influenced by Francis Schaeffer, a former mentor of hers, as she discusses philosop...
  • Stephanie
    I had started reading this book as a recommendation from my mom, but I was struggling to move beyond the first part. I set it aside for a while and was re-motivated to read it after attending an inservice for Christian educators in which Gene Schultz, the speaker, quoted the book. He punctuated Pearcey's comments by calling her the best/clearest writer in matters dealing with Christian worldview. Of course I went home and started reading it again...
  • Steven
    I discovered this book accidentally when something I read on the internet brought me to Pearcey's analysis of anti-intellectualism in the Evangelical church. Many can agree on the problem, but Pearcey places it in its interesting historical context.This book is about much more, however, as its title suggests. Pearcey argues, rightly of course, that Christianity is meant to convey all truth, the Total Truth. Not that the Bible contains every possi...
  • Steve
    Really good worldview summary from a Schaefferite.Very clear classifications of worldviews in terms of Scheaffer's upper/lower story worldview analysis model.There are good sections on Intelligent Design and science, and the application of Darwinian Naturalism to all spheres.The history section on how anti-intellectualism took hold in american (and british) evangelicalism was very good. Whitefield was one of the first promoters of the personality...