Robinson Motte - Contributor
Rachel Robinson Motte is a Torrey Honors Institute graduate from Biola University
majoring in history. She interned in Morton Blackwell's office at the Leadership
Institute and in Congressman Jim
Ryun's (R-KS) office.
Search of the Right Worldview
Nancy Pearcy's Total Truth...
[Rachel Robinson] 8/30/04
Most Christians are more secular then they realize, and this
must change if the Church is to have any sort of significant
cultural impact. Nancy Pearcey's newest book, Total Truth:
Liberating Christianity from its Cultural Captivity, argues that Christians
must counter the affects of secularism by developing a comprehensive
biblical worldview. This book offers wisdom and hope to the Christian
who wants to have a more significant impact for the cause of
Evangelicals, explains Pearcey, have traditionally thought of
salvation only in terms of individual souls. The idea that they
are to have a redeeming influence in every area of culture is
new to many, and just as many have no idea how to be the redemptive
force that the world so desperately needs. People need to learn
how to move beyond a merely privatized faith and apply biblical
principles to areas like work, business, and politics.
Part one of Total
Truth explains the concept of worldview and
encourages Christians to critically examine their ways of thinking.
Too many, according to Pearcy, have already absorbed false worldviews;
as a result, the Church is plagued with relativism, post-modernism,
Darwinism, and any number of other secular philosophies. If evangelicals
do not intentionally look at the world in a biblical way, argues
Pearcey, they will unwittingly adopt a false philosophical approach.
Every worldview must explain three key elements of cosmic history:
creation, fall and redemption. Every person wants to know where
he came from, why there is evil in the world, and how he may
be redeemed. Christians can use this simple grid to examine and
evaluate any worldview.
Part two of Total
Truth examines the effect that Darwinism,
itself a full-blown worldview, has had upon culture. Darwinism
affects everything because it addresses the foundation of every
worldview: creation. Pearcey states in her introduction,
has the authority to tell a culture's creation story functions
as its de facto priesthood, with the power to
determine what the dominant worldview will be. In the West, the
reigning creation myth is Darwinian evolution; thus, no matter
what our field of work is, we must begin by critiquing Darwinism-both
its scientific claims and its worldview implications."
A background in science writing equips Mrs. Pearcey to examine
scientific evidence and clearly explain various ways that Darwinism
has already been proved false. Evolutionists, she claims, cling
to their theory because it is the very basis for the way they
look at the world, not because it has been proven accurate. She
also describes the beliefs and goals of the Intelligent Design
movement and argues that Intelligent Design is the best alternative
to Darwinism and naturalistic philosophy.
The effects of Darwinism stretch far beyond the science lab.
Chapter seven points out that
"Darwinism functions as the scientific support for an overarching
naturalistic worldview, which is being promoted aggressively
far beyond the bounds of science… In order to have a redemptive
impact on our culture, Christians need to engage Darwinian evolution
not only as science but also as a worldview."
approaches to psychology, morality, religion, medicine, education,
law, and history are examined in this chapter. "In
other words," says Pearcey,
"Darwinists are connecting the dots, tracing everything
back to origins. And that's why Christians had better connect
the dots as well. If they offer 'universal Darwinism,' then we
had better offer 'universal Design,' showing that design theory
gives scientific support for an all-encompassing Christian worldview… Design
theory thus provides the scientific basis for the recovery of
a holistic, teleological worldview. It releases us from the modern
dualism, making it reasonable once again to speak of morality
as a form of objective knowledge."
Part three of Total
Truth examines the historical roots of the
anti-intellectual streak in modern evangelicalism and argues
that Evangelicals have inadvertantly sometimes helped Darwinism
spread. For example, the Great Awakenings of the 19th century
tended to emphasize the subjective part of salvation. Evangelists
used many emotional appeals to convince people to convert, sometimes
resorting to downright manipulation. Over time, the increasing
appeal to the heart over the head helped contribute to an anti-intellectual
attitude. False philosophies like Darwinism spread in part because
there were few Christian scholars to refute them.
The best way to get rid of a bad worldview is to replace it
with a true worldview. Christians must develop a comprehensive
biblical worldview that affects not only beliefs but also actions.
Thoroughly researched, well-written and well-argued, Total
Truth will prove to be a useful and easily accessible guidebook
for many who seek to develop such a worldview. CRO
2004 Rachel Robinson