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Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity

Total TruthA book I’m purchasing from Amazon, Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity.

As a religiously adrift young adult in the 1960s, Pearcey found her way to the Swiss retreat, and the intellectually rigorous faith, of the Calvinist maverick Francis Schaeffer. This book continues the Schaeffer-inspired project that Pearcey and Chuck Colson began in How Now Shall We Live?‚Äîawakening evangelical Christians to the need for a Christian “worldview,” which Pearcey defines as “a biblically informed perspective on all reality.” Pearcey gives credibly argued perspectives on everything from Rousseau’s rebellion against the Enlightenment, to the roots of feminism, to the spiritual poverty of celebrity-driven Christianity. She also provides a layperson’s guide to the history of America’s anti-intellectual strain of evangelicalism. Unfortunately for the book’s chance at a wide audience, several chapters are devoted to a critique of Darwinism and defense of Intelligent Design‚Äîwith no substantive engagement with the many thoughtful Christians (John Polkinghorne, Ken Miller, Nancey Murphy, etc.) who dissent from Intelligent Design’s scientific and philosophical program. Still, Pearcey deftly applies Schaeffer’s core insight that modernity has been built on a “two-story” view of reality‚Äîwith “facts” on the ground floor and “values” up in the air. Her critique of this view is compelling, and her final chapters, which begin to sketch an integrated Christian way of living and thinking, are exceptional. This is the rare long book that leaves one wanting to read more.

2 Comments

  1. Hi, Im from Melbourne Australia

    The INEVITABLE outcome of anyone (or a collective of anyones) that claims to possess the Total Truth is re-education/concentration camps and death squads.
    And besides which we live in a day and age when all the Sacred Scriptures of the entire Great Tradition of Humankind are freely available on the internet or via Amazon.
    Therefore any claim by anyone to possess/represent “total truth” is essentially a confession of their religious & cultural illiteracy and their “religious” and cultural imperialism—especially when dramatised on to the global stage via international politics.

  2. Above John asserts the following: ‘Therefore any claim by anyone to possess/represent ‚Äútotal truth‚Äù is essentially a confession of their religious & cultural illiteracy and their ‚Äúreligious‚Äù and cultural imperialism‚Äîespecially when dramatised on to the global stage via international politics.’

    My question for John is the above ‘absolutley true’. ..? Welcome to Relativism 101 John!

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