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Interview With Nancy Pearcey

Vol. 60, Prg. 1–5
May 16–20, 2005

How important is a worldview? This week on Home School Heartbeat, Michael Farris talks with acclaimed author and speaker Nancy Pearcey about the relevance of God’s truth to every aspect of life. Sharing from her latest book, Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity, Nancy explains how you can help your child base his worldview on truth so he can carry his faith into public life.

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Interview with Nancy Pearcey
What is Worldview?
Worldview Training
The Great Divide
Total Truth


Nancy Pearcey

Nancy Randolph Pearcey is the Francis A. Schaeffer Scholar at the World Journalism Institute, where she teaches a worldview curriculum based on her new book Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity. She studied violin in Heidelberg, Germany, in the early 1970s, then traveled to Switzerland to study Christian worldview under Francis Schaeffer at L'Abri Fellowship. Later she graduated from Iowa State University with a Distributed Studies degree (philosophy, German, music). After earning a master's degree in Biblical Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, she pursued further graduate work in the history of philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto (with an emphasis on ancient philosophy and Dutch neo-Calvinism). Her current positions include visiting scholar at Biola University's Torrey Honors Institute and senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, where her focus is on the cultural and philosophical implications of the evolution controversy.

Pearcey began writing on science and Christian worldview in 1977 for the Bible-Science Newsletter, where she worked for 13 years, analyzing many of the themes she would develop more fully in later writings. In 1991 she became the founding editor of BreakPoint, a daily syndicated radio commentary program, and continued as the program's executive editor for nearly nine years, training and heading up a team of writers. Under her leadership, the program grew into an influential organ for teaching 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 coauthored a monthly column in Christianity Today for five years.

Pearcey has served as managing editor of the science journal Origins & Design, an editorial board member for Salem Communications Network, and a commentator on Public Square Radio. Her articles have appeared in several journals and magazines, including the Washington Times, Human Events, First Things, Books & Culture, World, Pro Rege, Human Life Review, American Enterprise, The World & I, The Family in America, Christianity Today, and the Regent University Law Review.

Pearcey is author of The Soul of Science (on the history of science and Christianity since the scientific revolution), and is coauthor (with novelist Harold Fickett and Prison Fellowship Chairman Charles W. Colson) of the bestselling, award-winning How Now Shall We Live? In addition, she has contributed chapters to several books, including Mere Creation, Of Pandas and People, Pro-Life Feminism, Genetic Ethics, Signs of Intelligence, Reading God's World, Uncommon Dissent, and, most recently, a Phillip Johnson Festschrift titled A Man for This Season.

Pearcey resides in Northern Virginia, where she and her writer-editor husband homeschool the younger of their two sons.

Program Offer

Does God belong in the public arena of politics, business, law, and education? Or is religion a private matter only—personally comforting but publicly irrelevant?

In Total Truth, Nancy Pearcey offers a razor-sharp analysis of the public/private split. With examples from the lives of real people, past and present, Pearcey teaches readers how to liberate Christianity from its cultural captivity. She walks readers through practical, hands-on steps for crafting a full-orbed Christian worldview. Hardcover, 480 pages.

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