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Book Review – Finding Truth

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from David C. Cook in exchange for an online review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

About the Author

N. PearceyNancy R. Pearcey is editor at large at large of The Pearcey Report, as well as scholar in residence and professor at Houston Baptist University. She is also a fellow at the Discovery Institute. Previously she was the Francis A. Schaeffer Scholar at the World Journalism Institute, where she taught a worldview course based on her book Total Truth, winner of the 2005 ECPA Gold Medallion Award for best book on Christianity and Society. She has also served as professor of worldview studies at Philadelphia Biblical University, during which time she wrote her most recent book,Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning.

Formerly an agnostic, Nancy studied violin in Heidelberg in the early 1970s, then traveled to Switzerland to study Christian worldview at L’Abri Fellowship, where Francis Schaeffer was living and teaching. Later she graduated from Iowa State University with a Distributed Studies degree (philosophy, German, music). After earning a master’s in Biblical Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, she pursued graduate work in the history of philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto and received a doctoral degree (honorary) from Philadelphia Biblical University. She has also been a visiting scholar at Biola University’s Torrey Honors Institute.

Heralded as “America’s pre-eminent evangelical Protestant female intellectual” (The Economist), Nancy has addressed staffers on Capitol Hill and at the White House; actors and screenwriters in Hollywood; scientists at labs such as Sandia and Los Alamos; students and faculty at Stanford, Dartmouth, Princeton, USC, Ohio State, and the University of Georgia; as well as educational and activist groups, including the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. She has appeared on NPR and C-SPAN.

Nancy began publishing articles on science and worldview in 1977 for the Bible-Science Newsletter, where for 13 years she analyzed the Christian worldview themes she would develop more fully in later books and articles. In 1991 she became the founding editor of the daily radio program “BreakPoint,” where she served for nearly nine years as executive editor, heading up a team of writers producing broadcast-ready commentaries, and authoring more than 1,000 commentaries herself. Under her intellectual leadership, the program grew into an influential outlet for a Christian worldview perspective on current events, with an estimated weekly audience of five million. She was also policy director and senior fellow of the Wilberforce Forum, and for five years she coauthored a monthly column in Christianity Today.

Nancy has served as managing editor of Origins & Design, an editorial board member of Salem Communications, and a commentator on Public Square Radio. Her articles have appeared in American Thinker, the Washington Times, Human Events, First Things, World, Pro Rege, Human Life Review, American Enterprise, The Family in America, and the Regent University Law Review.

In addition to Saving Leonardo and Total Truth, Nancy is author of The Soul of Science and co-author of How Now Shall We Live? (with novelist Harold Fickett and former White House operative Charles W. Colson). She contributed the Foreword to The Right Questions, and chapters to Of Pandas and People, Mere Creation, Pro-Life Feminism, Genetic Ethics, Signs of Intelligence, Reading God’s World, Uncommon Dissent, and the Phillip Johnson Festschrift titled Darwin’s Nemesis. Nancy and husband Rick (who wrote the Foreword to Finding Truth), have two wonderful sons, both of whom were homeschooled as part of their education.


18 thoughts on “Book Review – Finding Truth

  1. Yes!!! Thanks for this review Aaron! I have been on the fence about buying this book next or the Plantinga book you reviewed. I can relate to your words on agonizing over moving a favorite author up or down on “the list”. It shouldn’t be so hard but we do form emotional attachments to our favorites don’t we? Ok. Enough I’m buying the kindle version.

    • Oh boy.. tough decision there. They both address two different issues. Warranted Christian Belief is going to lay out a theory of knowledge and justification of Christian belief while this book is one to help examine various belief systems in light of Biblical truth. They are so different that I can’t recommend one over the other! That is except for the purpose of feeding the soul.. in which case I really believe that you will find Finding Truth to be very satisfying. Buy both!

  2. What an interesting sounding book! I know in my own experience Romans 1 was spot on and it took hearing it and someone explaining it for my eyes to open.

    • Lorre, I’d love to hear more of your story sometime. If Romans 1 was instrumental in your conversion I think you will appreciate Finding Truth.

  3. Rebekah

    I love Nancy Pearcey! She’s so smart and makes these things understandable!

  4. Isaak K.

    For years I kept hearing about Nancy Pearcey and everyone was telling me that I needed to read Total Truth. I brushed ever suggestion off until finally in 2014 I read TT. It was truly an awakening for me. I don’t want to sound like I idolize her because I don’t. But I am deeply impressed with everything she writes! When Finding Truth came out last year I purchased a copy right away. This book is so good Aaron! I was happy to see that you reviewed it and recommend it. Nice review for a great book!

  5. If I suggest this to my pastor do you think it would be too advanced for the average church member?

    • Marie, I do not think it is too advanced. Pearcey won’t let anyone get away with not thinking through the issues but anyone should be able to pick it up and understand it. She communicates clearly and is easy to follow.

  6. Hey Aaron thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book. I have enjoyed Pearcy for a little longer than you perhaps, dating back to the Soul of Science. That book changed the way I did science in the last few years of my career before retiring. Now I help teach the grandkids science from a perspective I had not been privy to in my younger days.

  7. Dave C.

    I am not too familiar with Pearcey although I have heard her name a lot. I am also a presuppositionalist and consider myself one of the compassionate ones. I think it is really just a few well known ones who ruin it for all of us. I’m curious to know if you know whether or not she would consider herself a presuppositionalist.

    • That’s a good question Dave. I don’t know the answer to that. My intent was not to classify her as presuppositional but to point out that (like the presuppositionalists) she assumes the sufficiency of scripture as the basis of truth.

  8. I agree that she has a presuppositional approach but so did Schaeffer so that makes sense. It’s different than VanTill and Clark though. I dont know if she would agree that unbelievers presuppose biblical truth or if she just believes that they would be wrong becuse its a perversion of biblical truth but I do see some strong similarities.

  9. Adam

    Just arrived to this post from Pearcy’s Facebook page. Nice review. Nice blog. I’ll be subscribing for sure. I enjoy your reviewed and especially this one. I agree with all you said!

  10. I have heard so much about Total Truth but haven’t read it yet. I know! Shame on me! Which of her books would you start with understanding that I have read exact zero of them?

    • Hello Eric, from your earlier comment I would have assumed you read her books! This is a difficult question because the books are all different and serve different purposes. However, Total Truth has got to be my favorite and will set the foundation for understanding that all truth is God’s truth. I would start there. That is a basic presupposition in her books and Total Truth sets a good foundation.

      • Ha! Good! Maybe I’m understanding her correctly then! I heard a very good interview with her on Greg Koukl’s STR podcast. I recognized some things in common with the presup approach with maybe a little higher emphasis on natural revelation.

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