Monday, August 4, 2008

Has Anyone Read Total Truth?

By Rick Pearcey

A potential reader of Total Truth wonders:

In a couple of weeks, our adult Sunday School class will begin reading her book Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2005).

Has anyone read this book?

Can you discuss its pros and cons?

Send help here.

Rick Pearcey is editor and publisher of The Pearcey Report (articles).


Wayne MacKirdy said...

I have read it twice, and I am listening to the audio version for the fifth time. Additionally, I am going through the book with three of my home schooled-high students (part of a home school enrichment program in Colorado Springs) in preparation for an advanced worldview class I will be teaching this Fall, using it as our textbook.

One of the main reasons I am so taken by this book is that it is truly an education in the history of thought. Being able to trace the roots of today's thinking is priceless.

Thank you, Nancy, for this amazing book!

Wayne MacKirdy said...

BTW, my biggest problem is figuring out how to cover the whole book in one academic year (we are only meeting one hour per week)

Curt said...

I just happen to have an unpublished review of the book which I will forward. It was sent to a magazine which had regularly published articles of mine. They passed on this one because they found it to be too positive regarding the late Francis August Schaeffer. Perhaps a positive review of a book by Frank Schaeffer disparaging FAS and ERS for the depravities of his childhood would have been better received.

Michael Haney said...


I'll address this question to you since getting in touch with Nancy is probably like trying to catch the wind. I totally understand and even agree with the idea of letting our Christian faith 'influence' and even trickle down into 'every' area of our lives...and especially bleed through into our work but I don't really see how there is a distinct, clear way of how we are supposed to let the Christian worldview bleed through into our work...not to mention, I don't think the purpose of the biblical narratives were written to address every issue we will face nor every experience we will encounter...and specifically how to address those issues and experiences...I think we are getting more out of the biblical narratives than what was put into them by the biblical writers or by God...Not to mention, our current economic systems seems to be based upon values that we are supposed to shun...I see how we should let our Christian worldview influence us 'in our work' but I don't necessarily see how the biblical narratives give us specific ways to do that...I just don't see the biblical narratives giving us a specific way to do interior homes...sell clothing...etc...I know exactly what happens when you do that...things get 'cheesy' and they begin dishonoring then get a Christian subculture/bubble where we have our own 'stuff'...and the people outside of that bubble are looking in and laughing at us...scripture mints?...Jesus flipflops?...Terrible books written under the label 'Christian'?...Terrible 'Christian' T-shirts?...Sure...I think Nancy would say...these are 'bad' expressions...but my point still exactly are we supposed to have a Christian view of work when most of our work is based upon a system that is fed by non-godly values?...are we reading more 'into' the biblical narratives than God or the biblical writers put into them?...btw, tell your wife thanks so much for Total has helped me in so many ways...