February 4, 2007
We had the first discussion of Nancy Pearcey’s book Total Truth, which questions the way in which Christianity operates, some themes overlapping very much with Brian McLaren’s thought processes.
Here she criticises the private-public split in the way religions work.
In Total Truth, Nancy Pearcey offers a razor-sharp analysis of the public/private split, explaining how it hamstrings our efforts at both personal and cultural renewal. Ultimately it reflects a division in the concept of truth itself, which functions as a gatekeeper, ruling Christian principles out of bounds in the public arena.
How can we unify our fragmented lives and recover spiritual power? 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.
But this brings some things into question. Even before we start discussing the book…
- Do we believe that Christianity is the total truth?
- What is “Christianity”? Since within the “church” there are so many variations of what is the minimum that can be acceptable as Christian and not. Interpretations of fundamental beliefs, if varied – can these be considered as Christian? Or are we talking about the general Christian faith as it were? What is this general faith?
- Upon agreeing what Christianity is and is not, its boundaries, only then can we begin discussing.
Some of the things which have challenged me recently are:
- What is the meaning of “belief”?
- What is the meaning of “truth”?
- What is the meaning of “salvation”?
- What is the meaning of “Jesus”?
I have recently found my answers to vary violently from the conventional versions that I have been taught my whole life. If this is true, then my interpretation of the world changes significantly. Only then can I begin talking about how to integrate my faith into my work vocation and life as a whole. Only then can I truly appreciate that God has called all of His humanity into His purpose and kingdom.
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