Book Review: Finding Truth

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It has been suggested that we are entering a “golden age” of Christian apologetics. One of the leading voices of this “age” is Nancy Pearcey. Pearcey is a popular speaker, writer, professor, and scholar-in-residence at Houston Baptist University.

Having recently enjoyed her book, “Saving Leonardo,” I had particularly high expectations for “Finding Truth.” It did not disappoint.

Drawing from Romans 1, Pearcey combines Scriptural principles and critical thinking to detail a clear strategy for contrasting Christianity with alternative world-views. She delineates five principles by which all philosophies may be evaluated:

  • Principle 1: Every non-biblical worldview has a God replacement.  Identifying that idol is the first step to responding to it.
  • Principle 2: Deifying one portion of general revelation denigrates others and suppresses the unified, wholistic view of truth.
  • Principle 3: Every idol-based worldview will fail to fit the evidence of experience.
  • Principle 4: Every reductionistic worldview is self-defeating.  Every reductionistic worldview makes exception for its own thinking and thus fails.
  • Principle 5: Where other views fail, the Christian worldview encompasses all of general revelation and satisfies the questions others leave unanswered.

Personal experience with the questions many young believers face invests Pearcey’s writing with an important empathy for those whose viewpoint does not accept Christianity.  As she holds popular contemporary worldviews under the microscope of these principles, her irenic tone is more suited to winning a soul that merely winning an argument. The focus here is less on an angry defense, than on an appealing presentation of the wholeness and beauty of viewing the world as God intended.

This book presents persuasive arguments but goes a step further.  By demonstrating these principles through comparative evaluation of the various worldviews, it provides a helpful tool for equipping Christians to respond to the questions and challenges their faith will face in the public arena.

While its clear, erudite style will make it especially suited to college students, one would be mistaken to assume this book is only for young adults.  Whether believer or seeker, youth or adult, experienced apologist or questioning cynic, this book and its five principles are invaluable guides for those serious about Finding Truth.