BOOK REVIEW: Love Thy Body by Nancy Pearcey

Twenty-twenty marks the year I finally met my long-time quest to read 52 books in a single year which is the equivalent of one per week. I met my goal concluding the year with a most excellent read – Love Thy Body by worldview apologist, Nancy Pearcey. I have had her book sitting expectantly upon my shelf for many months and while it was well worth the wait, I wish I had read it post-haste.

Worldview – Theology of the Body

Pearcey provides the worldview theology of the body with stunning clarity. In so doing, she thoroughly covers the dignity of life from conception to death. She reveals the worldview behind the personhood theory, the hook up culture, marriage, divorce, homosexuality, transgenderism, eugenics, euthanasia and so much more. Love Thy Body is not an expose of the sins of the world, but a worldview analysis of the bankrupt two-story philosophy which has so infected the world (and the church) that these travesties of sin run rampant in our society. It is an apologetic for the body, for life, for righteousness and for the merits of a biblical worldview. Pearcy writes with compassion for those suffering from disjointed lives due to worldview lies which pervade our culture as liberating ideas. The brokenness that results from living outside of biblical theology is heart wrenching. The pain continues for generations, but the good news is that there is hope in Jesus. Changing the way we think thereby practicing repentance can restore the years the locus has consumed.

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The Christian Worldview

“Christianity is the greatest intellectual system the mind of man has ever touched,” wrote Francis Schaeffer. When we consider the Christian worldview, it is to be contemplated in the context of total reality. Only then can we begin to explore what it is and how to think within its massive structure.

Worldview Formation

Os Guinness professes that everyone thinks from their worldview, but only a few thinks about it. Our worldview is that lens from which we process life. It is a pair of glasses we look through to interpret the world. Sometimes the pair of glasses has been melded from a variety of sources along with scratches, smudges, and smears of dirt. Our worldview has been shaped from life experiences, education, books, television, podcasts, movies, parents, teachers, pastors, leaders, peers, marketing, as well as the technology and the products we use daily. All these things affect how we think. They grow in influence when we do not become those who think about our worldview and forms it on purpose.

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Book Review of Books Read in 2017

Every year I set out to read 52 books. I usually make it to between 32-38 books in a year. This year I read only 24 which is an exceptionally slow reading year for me. Unexpected turns came in 2016 and 2017 that slowed my pace in both writing and reading. I hope to get my groove back in 2018. I am off to a good start having finished reading my first book of the year on January 2.

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Moving Forward

“We must realize that we are facing a rapidly changing historical situation, and if we are going to talk to people about the gospel we need to know what is the present ebb and flow of thought-forms.  Unless we do this, the unchangeable principles of Christianity will fall on deaf ears.”

These words are as true today as they were in 1968 when Francis Schaeffer penned them. When we approach the society of today the same as Christians did fifty years ago, we expend energy without producing the intended fruit.

It is difficult to see outside of our own culture. We tend to think that the world thinks like Christians do, and we are confused when our reasoning is not well received. We consider those who live contrary to the Bible as those who know the truth, but rebel against it openly. We then justify our anger at their insolence.

However, we are not in such a situation. Our society has many remnants of our Christian heritage, but there is an ever widening gap between that heritage and the thinking and practices of the typical American.

We didn’t get to this place because the secularists have taken over. When we think like that we fight for “them” to give us our “rightful” place to be the cultural molders, and, yet we were not molding when we were in that place. Our lack of being cultural transformers caused the rise of secularism. We are not inhibited by secularists or any other group. The Christians of the New Testament were able to be the salt and light of the world well before America was ever conceived. We do not regain our role by moving secularists out of the way. We regain our place by being present in the current reality of our cultural situation. We will not be given the 1950’s again, nor are we to strive to recreate the iconic American past.

We are here now. We have to start from where we are at to get to where we are going. There are essential values, practices, and principles from our heritage that we can pull forward to create a new more stable future. We do not need to recreate the past, but we can carry the treasures of the past into the present, and conversely into the future.

BacktotheFuture: Rebuilding America's StabilityMy book, Back to the Future: Rebuilding America’s Stability, is about doing just this. We will journey back only to see the way forward, not to take us backward. I hope that readers will apply the information contained in this book in a way that enables hope, instead of despair. I hope that my readers will draw on the great aspects of our Christian heritage and find creative solutions to pull this into the present. Let’s review problems only to increase our capacity to develop solutions. Together we can rebuild our future.

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