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Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  533 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Don't Think, Just Believe?
That's the mantra in many circles today—whether the church, the classroom, the campus, or the voting booth.

Time for a Reality Check
Nancy Pearcey, bestselling and critically acclaimed author, offers fresh tools to break free from presumed certainties and test them against reality. In Finding Truth, she explains five powerful principles that penetra
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 1st 2015 by David C Cook
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John Reynolds
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

For the believer a way to approach the multiplicity of ideas without losing your mind ....a call to critical thinking.
Nikola Tasev
Mar 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
This books claims that evolution, atheism and so on, are logically inconsistent and self-contradictory, going as far as to say these "theories commit suicide". Then the book goes on to marvel how selectively the people holding these ideas must wield their skepticism and rationality.
For those claims the book gives mind-numbingly wrong arguments.
For example this book takes on evolutionary epistemology: "The implication is that the ideas in our minds were selected for their survival value, not fo
A book written and read for this culture that experiences the common grace of God however, we have become a culture that denies him. How can this be? How can we as Christians express the truth of God that are not “pie in the sky” answers to a world that denies His truth? Maybe you reading this and do not subscribe to a world view. However neutral we like ourselves to be, we do subscribe to some type of believe that is lived out.

Suppressing the truth spoken in Romans 1 still speaks to us today.
David Steele
Finding Truth, by Nancy Pearcey is another fine contribution that deserves to be read. The author maintains with Romans 1–2 that all people have
Finding Truth is an essential toolbox for thinking Christians. Pearcey does a dual service for readers as she not only instructs readers to analyze and demolish competing worldviews (2 Cor. 10:5); she encourages readers to go deeper in the Christian faith which is informed by biblical reality and rock-solid facts. A more accurate description, however, w
Kevin Halloran
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Such a good book! The book lives up to its title and will help you realize flaws in arguments you hear from atheists and secularists. This book also made me worship as I contemplated God's sovereign design of the universe, and how any worldview that doesn't flow from His Word can't hold water.

Read a short summary I shared on my blog.
Mike Duran
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As much a case for critical thinking in the church as it is an examination and critique of contrary worldviews. Fascinating background on movements and ideas that have shaped contemporary thought and a biblical approach to discerning and challenging them. Highly recommended!
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Nancy Pearcey has written several books now, all making the case that Christian faith is not, nor should it ever be a "leap of faith." Pearcey, like Francis Schaeffer, whose L'Abri was so formative in her thinking, strives to help Christians find the intellectual foundation for Christianity that too many doubt exists.

"Finding Truth" is primarily about finding the inconsistencies in non-biblical worldviews. She writes, "Finding Truth argues that no secular worldview adequately accounts for the ph
When I first came across Nancy Pearcey in 2007 it was through her ground breaking book Total Truth. At the time many were comparing her to Francis Schaeffer . . . and for good reasons. She had studied at L'Abri under Schaeffer and his influence on her appears to have left an indelible imprint upon her mind. When I finished reading Total Truth I came to the agonizing conclusion that this was a rare instance of a disciple being above her master. It's no exaggeration to say that I was agonizing ove ...more
Jacob Aitken

Pearcey, Nancy. Finding Truth.  Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2015.

Remember James Sire’s The Universe Next Door?  This is an updated version of that. It’s a much better version. It responds to current challenges (materialism) with updated scholarship.  It’s not a stand alone book. While Pearcey gives good suggestions on how to collapse worldviews, you need to spend a lot of time studying the primary sources and leading monographs.  You just do.

Following Roy Clouser, Pearcey argues that “t
Justin Daniel
I read Nancy Pearcey’s book, Total Truth and “Finding Leonardo” last year and found them to be really compelling. Pearcey’s experience at L’Abri Fellowship with Francis Schaeffer inspired her to reclaim her Christian faith and delve into areas of Philosophy and Apologetics that are often times denigrated by evangelicals. In this follow up book to Total Truth, Pearcey wants to equip Christians with tools that combat idols. Taking a page from Romans 1, Pearcey builds her thesis on verses 16-32. Ro ...more
Brian Watson
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the finest books on Christian apologetics available today. It's great because it teaches the reader how to identify false worldviews. It is not a compendium of various arguments for the existence of God, or defenses of various attacks launched at Christianity. If you want solid books that offer such things, you may want to read Tim Keller's The Reason for God or Douglas Groothuis's Christian Apologetics. Here, Pearcey provides five principles for how to counter false worldviews.

Bruce Cowan
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The following sentence made me laugh because it rings so true: He allows us to live out the consequences of our idols in order to intensify the cognitive dissonance ( the mental stress of harboring concepts that contradict one another) ultimately to press us to the point of making a decision.
Wonderfully informative and timely.
Frank Peters
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book on apologetics designed for a post-modern age. The entire structure of the book presumes that the people we talk to may be modernist or post-modern, and thus does not presume a common ground. Rather it looks at the presumptions of non (or anti) Christian world-views and where they fail. They will be at times inconsistent with the reality that we experience. They will also be philosophically inconsistent (like scientism, whose very basis contradicts its claims). The apol ...more
Phil Barnes
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Francis Schaeffer Continued

I believe that it was JI Packer who once wrote that the ghost of Jonathan Edwards lives in the writings of John Piper. I think that the same could be said of the ghost of Francis Schaeffer and the writings of Nancy Pearcey. Pearcey has captured Schaeffer's relentlessly logicially and thoroughly biblical style in her critique of worldviews which attempt to make sense of the world without God in Christ.

This book is largely an exposition of Romans 1:18ff in which Pearcy
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Pearcey wants to equip individuals, particularly those challenged by secular worldviews on university campuses or by what they read and watch on tv and in movies, to see Christianity as a legitimate belief system. She proposes 5 principles for assessing and critiquing worldviews and offers rational defenses of Christianity.

I can see its appeal for those interested in philosophy and apologetics.
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book. The simple principles, derived from the Bible, are broadly applicable to any worldview in any field. If I get to teach a class on apologetics, this will certainly be one of the books I'll use.
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I "read" it as an audiobook, and it is one of the few audiobooks where -- on its completion -- I decided I ought to own it as a hardcopy as well.

Chris Griffith
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
An excellent follow up to Pearcey's Total Truth. She examines several worldviews and shows Christians how to recognize their inadequacy compared with Christianity.
Lynn Joshua
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Will be reading this aloud to my family.
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Craig Hurst
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“Professing to be wise, they became fools.” (Rom. 1:22)

If you were to only listen to the media, and its secular hosts and guests, on the viability of religion then you would get the idea that it is inept, childish, and anti-intellectual. Religion only takes center stage in the news when it is the focus of negative press and ridicule. When the views it espouses are considered backwards and arcane. It is claimed that Christianity is a religion of wishful thinking. That is teaches its followers to
Benjamin  Siens
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I don't often write reviews, but this book was exceptional. Therefore, I'm making an exception. This was very simply the most eye-opening book I have ever read. I don't say that flipantly. Nancy Pearcey makes unbelievably clear a world that has become full of confusing philosophies. The Total Truth of the Bible is presented in such a way that it cuts through any competing philosophy. Romans chapter 1, Paul's apologetic, is expounded and applied to our modern day. The author teaches the reader to ...more
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Arguments

In this book Nancy Pearcy draws from several different worldviews and contrasts them with Christianity. She uses Romans 1 as her apologetic. Often Romans 1 is seen as a collection of clobber verses against homosexuality. Pearcy uses these verse to illustrate how people know the truth, but will not conform their lives to it.
She also points out that many Christians get intimidated by secular and don't have the answers to respond.
My only criticism of the book is that half of the book
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, philosophy
Finding Truth is Nancy Pearcey's best book yet. A textbook for the philosophical demolishing of secular worldviews. Based on Romans 1, she identifies 5 principles to use to refute unbiblical positions. She shows that it is your fundamental decision about the reality of life that sets the course for all other decisions you make. I particularly like how she thus identifies any ultimate reality that is not God as an idol. The solution requires a change of mind (a transformed mind). But a Christian ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apologetics
A thorough handbook on engaging culture

Nancy Pearcy provides a well structured guide to engaging the culture and reaching out to those who are trapped in their false beliefs. Using Romans 1 as a guide, she applies a presuppositional approach to understanding, tearing down, and replacing false worldviews with the Christian worldview. Along the way, she takes potentially complex philosophies and explains them simply. Lastly, she encourages the reader to approach conversations with grace and love.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pearcey’s approach and presentation of identifying underlying foundations of the Worldviews we are faced with on a daily basis has been instrumental in equipping me to approach the intellectuals in my life who are lost and trapped in these philosophies. I was not afraid to share the gospel with them before but felt like I really did not have a grasp on how to address the specifics of their WV. Reading this book has given me more confidence and boldness to share the gospel with authority, yet als ...more
J.J. Richardson
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Nancy Pearcey has written a Gem. Her work can be used by any Christian to diagnose worldviews and see where they fall short. It is scholarly, yet highly readable. It has the depth to engage complex philosophies, yet it can be grasped by the everyman. This will end up being one of the first books i recommend to Christians who are struggling to see how their faith can respond to the charges of the age and how the Christian worldview has the answers.
Debbie MacCullough
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I took the slow path through the book. This seems to be a parallel companion to "Total Truth." An intellectual look at worldviews. Pearcey does a great job (using 5 principles) of analyzing those views of the world that compete with a biblical perspective. I'd love to see a balance of Pearcey's and James KA Smith's writings. Pearcey focuses on the mind, Smith on the heart. Scripture says we are to love the Lord with both (and our soul).
Debs Taylor
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Another thoughtful, critical approach to Christianity and worldview from Pearcey. I preferred Saving Leonardo’s approach and I thought there was some unnecessary repetition between chapters, but I loved the framework of Romans 1 as the foundation of her critique. I appreciated the emphasis on revelation through human nature, and will be using this to influence my teaching this year.
Valerie Boehne
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Nancy Pearcey has a thoughtful and engaging way in encouraging Christians to be truth bearers to the world. She gives a 5 principle approach on how to handle and respond to the "isms" of this world: postmodernism, materialism/naturalism, secularism/marxism, etc. I highly recommend this book for the "thinking" Christian.
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Nancy Randolph Pearcey is the Francis A. Schaeffer Scholar at the World Journalism Institute, where she teaches a worldview course based on the study guide edition of Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity. In 2005, Total Truth won the ECPA Gold Medallion Award in the Christianity & Society category, in addition to an Award of Merit in the Christianity Today book awar ...more
“At the heart of the human condition, we might say, is an epistemological sin—the refusal to acknowledge what can be known about God and then to respond appropriately: “Although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him” (Rom. 1:21). They engage in willful blindness.” 4 likes
“To adapt a phrase, idols have consequences.” 4 likes
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