‘Finding Truth’ and unmasking God Substitutes
by Marilyn Stewart
I lost my faith at an evangelical college.”
This confession—a disturbing indictment of the Christian church today—comes on page one, chapter one of Nancy Pearcey’s latest book, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmaking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes.
The devastating testimony came from a congressional chief of staff about his crisis of faith that happened, as Pearcey points out, “Not at a secular university, not in political battles on Capitol Hill—but at a respected evangelical college.” [p. 21]
How could this happen? What caused this Christian’s faith to be dismantled at a place where it should have been safe?
The explanation should shake us: the professors failed to demonstrate how their Christian worldview impacted any part of their professional lives. Believing professors were unable to show how the Christian faith in any discipline—such fields, perhaps, as economics, history, science, journalism—offers rich, fertile soil for interaction with problems and a pathway to solutions.
The compartmentalization of faith left this young man convinced that Christianity had no answers for any real question of life. His faith was destroyed.
In Finding Truth, Pearcey provides her readers another great tool for evaluating competing worldviews and the God substitutes that vie to destroy Christian faith. Critical thinking skills, Pearcey writes, will rescue a fledgling faith.
Pearcey is the author of Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity and Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning.
Finding Truth is a seminar between two covers, providing depth of information and guidance toward an informed faith through the Study Guide offered at the end. Its goal—helping the reader to communicate Christian convictions—leads the Christian to think, to study, and to interact with ideas.
Based on Romans chapter one and the promise that God reveals Himself to us, Pearcey shows every believer, every parent, every pastor and professional how to evaluate worldviews using five easy-to-understand principles.
Sure to facilitate powerful discussion, the study questions at the end will develop critical thinking skills and flex spiritual muscles. Pearcey’s wonderfully readable style makes it a resource for anyone serious about discovering truth.
Woven throughout are stories of people such as Dr. Michael Egnor (a leading brain surgeon), acclaimed hip-hop artist Lecrae Moore, and Pearcey’s own journey to faith, that make the book fascinating and real.
As for the young man who lost his faith in college, he studied his way back to a sturdier and more informed faith. It is time for all Christians to do the same…
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