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Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey
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Aug 08, 2010

really liked it
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Really good worldview summary from a Schaefferite.
Very clear classifications of worldviews in terms of Scheaffer's upper/lower story worldview analysis model.

There are good sections on Intelligent Design and science, and the application of Darwinian Naturalism to all spheres.

The history section on how anti-intellectualism took hold in american (and british) evangelicalism was very good. Whitefield was one of the first promoters of the personality of the evangelist, by stirring up enthusiasm for his visits by sending messangers to the areas he planned to visit, sometimes months and even years beforehand, to prepare the way.
There is a really good section on Reid's Common Sense philosophy and its Baconian roots. This is the philosophical outlook that shaped Princetonian apologetics and philosophy down through the nineteenth century into the early twentieth century. Pearcey then describes the Dutch school, with its presuppositionalism. She concludes by explaining how Schaeffer developed a presuppotionalism that leveraged the common sense of normal experience to forge an apologetic that could tackle modernism and post-modernism.

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