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Faith & Reason Day to Feature Cultural Commentator

February 17th, 2010

CONTACT:  David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
(540) 441-8722
OfficeOfCommunications@phc.edu

Nancy Pearcey, author of Total Truth and other books; spring 2010 faith & reason lecturer at Patrick Henry College

Distinguished Christian author, scholar, and speaker, Nancy Pearcey, will deliver this spring’s 2010 Faith & Reason lecture Friday, February 19, in Town Hall. The presentation will continue a four-and-a-half-year tradition at PHC, in which faculty and students take a break from normal class schedules to engage a common point of discussion. This semester’s lecture, entitled "Saving Leonardo: How to Recognize and Resist Secular Worldviews," will ask the question: “How are Christians often co-opted by secular worldviews, without even knowing it?” 

The author of Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from its Cultural Captivity and of How Now Shall We Live, along with many other books and articles, Nancy Pearcey has long explored the subtle integration of faith and reason in God’s world. She is currently the Scholar of Worldview Studies at Philadelphia Biblical University, and a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, where the focus of her work is on the cultural and philosophical implications of the evolution controversy. Formerly she was the Francis A. Schaeffer Scholar at the World Journalism Institute.

In this year’s Faith & Reason lecture, Dr. Pearcey will expose the stealth secularism transmitted through art and literature, film and television, much of which insidiously impacts the minds, choices, and behaviors of believers. 

“It is a colorful narrative,” says Pearcey, “with dozens of images from high art to popular culture.  Francis Schaeffer once said that if Christians had understood the famous Armory Show in 1913, which first brought modern art to the United States, then they would have been ahead of the cultural curve—instead of always reacting, always being on the defensive.  To be proactive in our own generation, we need to develop visual literacy, learning how to ‘read’ secular worldviews as they are transmitted through cultural forms.”

Earlier in her career, Pearcey served as chief writer for Prison Fellowship’s Chuck Colson, working as editor and lead writer for Colson’s BreakPoint radio spots. Her ties to Patrick Henry College can be traced, in part, through the career and writings of PHC Provost Dr. Gene Edward Veith, a noted Christian author, who recalls that Pearcey was “instrumental in turning me into a cultural commentator.

“She recruited me to work with her as a writer,” he says. “That led directly to my culture columns in World magazine, which, I suppose, through the networking with World’s editor and [PHC President] Dr. Walker, eventually led me to Patrick Henry College.”

Pearcey’s latest book, due to be published in September 2010, reveals the ways secular worldviews influence people, whether they realize it or not, especially when transmitted through cultural forms like art, literature, movies, and television. Friday’s lecture at PHC is open to the local community.

 

 

Schedule

9:30-10:45: Faith & Reason Lecture (Town Hall)

11:00-11:45: Group 1 Lunch/Group 2 Study Groups (Dining Commons/regular CSG location)

12:00-12:45: Group 2 Lunch/Group 1 Study Groups (Dining
Commons/regular CSG location)

1:00-2:30: Panel Discussion, Q & A (Town Hall)