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Total Truth Worldview

As indicated in "The Truth Project" Position Statement, The Truth Project is 13 hour-long presentations on DVD along with accompanying material, and is designed for a small group setting with discussion. The intention is to present, and hopefully develop within each participant, the relevance and importance of living the Christian worldview in daily life. I don't much care for the word "worldview" as it suggests, at least to me, a subjective, relative, point of view: you have your worldview and I have mine, and to each his own. Nevertheless it is in common use. As long as we understand that there is only one correct worldview then I am OK with it. That is how I mean it here.

To a non-Christian reading this the above may appear shocking. There is only one correct worldview? In our postmodern society this may indeed seem absurd. But that is the Christian position. And it is correct. Let me ask you, how much of this have you thought through for yourself, and how much have you simply picked up uncritically from your environment? I suspect that you haven't thought it through. In moving on from modernism to postmoderism our society has embraced the concept that there isn't any objective truth, only subjective truth. How did it arrive at such a position, that earlier generations would have indeed considered absurd. I call upon you to think things through for yourself, they are much too important to leave to others.

To the professing Christian reading the above who also finds the concept of only one correct worldview shocking, or at least uncomfortable, let me make a couple of suggestions. You may have absorbed much more non-Christian thinking from our secular society than you realize. And you also may not have thought things through for yourself. You also may not have realized fully the implications of the Christian faith to all areas of life. Hence, the idea of "total" truth: the Christian faith is true, "true truth" as Francis Schaeffer has put it, and it is total in the sense of having implications to all areas of life.

Although there is no connection that I know of between The Truth Project and the work of Nancy Pearcey, they do address similar issues. Pearcey writes books, teaches, and makes presentations, but the scope of her work addresses many of the concerns presented in The Truth Project. Pearcey has been doing her work for many years, calling Christians to have a fully developed Christian worldview that impacts all of life, and to not compartmentalize your faith. Probably her most influential book is Total Truth, from which the title of this Position Statement is taken, and is highly recommended. Total Truth is highlighted below, along with two other excellent books by Pearcey.

While The Truth Project may well serve as an excellent introduction to worldview issues and to help develop a mature Christian worldview, it should not be the beginning and the end of these important concerns. That is why this Total Truth Worldview position statement is being written: so that The Truth Project will serve only as an initiation and a jumping off point with worldview concerns. There is much more to learn, and it is critically important that these ideas be part of our conscious desire to live out the Christian faith to the glory of God.

As can be seen below, there are many more resources to call upon for developing a mature Christian worldview than The Truth Project and Total Truth. Francis Schaeffer, Charles Colson, D. A. Carson, Douglas Groothuis, etc., have made valuable contributions as well.


The book  Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity, by Nancy Pearcey, and published by Crossway Books, 2004, is the winner of the 2005 Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Gold Medallion Award for best book in the category of "Christianity and Society." The book has been endorsed by many Christian leaders, including Phillip E. Johnson, James Sire, J. I. Packer, J. P. Moreland, Michael Behe, etc., indicating that Pearcey has touched a sensitive nerve and has made a clarion call for Christians everywhere to come out of their self-imposed isolation from much of what is going on in our culture. Click here for a review of the book. Click here for a press release about the book. Click here for the table of contents of the book. Click here for the Forward of the book. Click here for excepts from chapter 2 of the book. Click here for the index of the book. Click here for a web site about the book.


The book  Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning, by Nancy Pearcey, and published by B&H Publishing Group, 2010, has been endorsed by many Christian leaders, including Cal Thomas, Albert Mohler, Leland Ryken, etc., again indicating that Pearcey has touched a sensitive nerve and has again made a clarion call for Christians everywhere to come out of their self-imposed isolation from much of what is going on in our culture. There are some 20 reviews of this book online, linked by the book's web site: click here. The web site has much information about the book, about Pearcey, and about related material. Whereas Total Truth is mostly about science and philosophy, Saving Leonardo is mostly about the arts and literture, and more philosophy (unavoidable!). Saving Leonardo, in my opinion, could have been titled Total Truth, Part II, since it continues more-or-less where Total Truth leaves off.


The book  The Soul of Science: Christian Faith and Natural Philosophy, is by Nancy Pearcey and Charles B. Thaxton, and published by Crossway Books, 1994. The book has been endorsed by J. P. Mooreland, Phillip Johnson, James Sire, Stephen Meyer, etc. Dr. David Shotton, Lecturer in Cell Biology at Oxford University writes as follows: "I consider The Soul of Science to be a most significant book which, in our scientific age, should be required reading for all thinking Christians and all practicing scientists." For a review of this book: click here.


Nancy Pearcey is a serious student of Christianity and culture, and has been a journalist on the subject for many years. She formerly was an agnostic. But she studied the Christian worldview at the famous L'Abri Fellowship in Switzerland, which at the time was led by Francis Schaeffer. She has written many journal articles, and authored or co-authored several books, the most noteworthy ones are, Total Truth, Saving Leonardo, and The Soul of Science: Christian Faith and Natural Philosophy. She has also spoken widely at universities, at science laboratories, to governmental leaders, etc. For more details, click here for the Pearcey Report web site.


The book  Science and Evolution, is by Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey, and published by Tyndale House, 2001. The book is volume one of three volumes on developing a Christian worldview. On the back cover, it asks "Where did we come from, and who are we?" Their response is "Science pretends to answer these questions objectively through experimental method and intellectual pursuit. But science (and the theory of evolution) have clearly become a philosophy - a biased worldview called naturalism - that does not allow the possibility of a Creator and rejects a Christian understanding of the world." This volume is designed to help Christians understand these issues, be able to respond to them, and develop a consistent Christian worldview. For a review of this book: click here.


The book  The Problem of Evil, is by Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey, and published by Tyndale House, 2001. The book is volume two of three volumes on developing a Christian worldview. On the back cover, it asks "What has gone wrong with the world?" Their response is "This profound question lies at the heart of all worldviews. Is human nature essentially good or fundamentally bad? Is there such a thing as sin? How do you explain the presence of evil in our world? Various philosophies - from utopianism to postmodernism - have answered these questions in different ways, and all have failed. For a review of this book: click here.


The book  How Should We Then Live?: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture, is by Francis A. Schaeffer, and published by Crossway Books, 2005. This is the L'Abri 50th Anniversary Edition of this book. First published in 1979, it has been around for quite some time. It has made, and continues to make an impact. On the back cover, it states as follows: "As one of the foremost evangelical thinkers of the twentieth century, Francis Schaeffer long pondered the fate of declining Western culture. In this brilliant book he analyzed the reasons for modern society's state of affairs and presented the only viable alternative: living by the Christian ethic, acceptance of God's revelation, and total affirmation of the Bible's morals, values, and meaning. How Should We Then LIve? has become the benchmark for Christian worldview thinking today. This edition commemorates the 50th anniversary of L'Abri Fellowship, founded by Francis and Edith Schaeffer." For a review of this book by Douglas Groothuis: click here.


The DVD set   Dr. Francis Schaeffer's How Should We Then Live?: Dr. Schaeffer's sweeping epic on the rise and decline of Western thought and Culture, is intended to accompany the immediately above book, is copyrighted by Gospel Communications, and distributed by Vision Video. The release date for the DVDs was January, 2009. The two DVDs have the same ten episodes as was originally available on video tape. Included is a pdf Study Guide for the ten episodes, useful for public or private study. Although these video presentations are now over 30 years old, they still are fresh, informative, and still seem very professionally produced. The DVDs, study guide, and book would be idea for a study group.


Francis Schaeffer, prior to his death in 1984, was an Evangelical Christian theologian and philosopher. He is most well known for the founding of the L'Abri community in Switzerland, and for his many books. L'Abri is a ministry to seekers and a forum to discuss philosophical and religious beliefs. His many books include How Should We Then Live? (see above), The God Who is There, Escape from Reason, He is There and He is Not Silent, Genesis in Space and Time, and others. For a link to the L'Abri web site, click here.