- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Broadman and Holman (Aug. 10 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433669277
- ISBN-13: 978-1433669279
- Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 2.3 x 26.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #282,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Saving Leonardo Hardcover – Aug 10 2010
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About the Author
Nancy Pearcey wrote Saving Leonardo while serving as research professor of Worldview Studies at Philadelphia Biblical University. Pearcey studied Christian worldview at L'Abri Fellowship in Switzerland with Francis Schaeffer and was later named the Francis A. Schaeffer Scholar at the World Journalism Institute in New York City. She earned a master's degree from Covenant Theological Seminary and pursued further graduate work in the History of Philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto.
Pearcey has been a commentator on Public Square Radio, the founding editor of the daily radio program "BreakPoint," and has appeared on NPR and C-SPAN. Currently she is a fellow at the Discovery Institute and editor-at-large of The Pearcey Report. She coauthored a column in Christianity Today, and has authored or contributed to several books, including The Soul of Science and How Now Shall We Live? (with Charles Colson, contributions by Harold Fickett). Her most recent book was the best-selling Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity, which won the 2005 ECPA Gold Medallion Award for best book of the year on Christianity & Society.
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There are two parts to Saving Leonardo: Part 1, which describes how growing global secularization affects everyone everywhere, and Part 2 (the bulk and meat of the book), which following the advance of secularization in history, tracing the two threads of secularism--the Enlightenment thread, focusing on "the fact realm"; and the Romanticism thread, focusing on "the values realm"--especially as they influence the arts and culture.
Finally, there's the epilogue, in which Pearcey urges Christians to become involved in culture in a thoughtful way--to fulfill our cultural mandate. "Christian art," writes Pearcey "should grow out of the robust confidence that nothing is unredeemable--that Jesus himself entered into the darkest levels of human experience and transformed them into sources of life and renewal. A full-orbed work of Christian art should include all three elements of the biblical worldview: creation, fall, redemption. It should allude to the beauty and dignity of the original creation. But it should also be transparently honest about the reality of sin and suffering. Finally, it should always give hints of redemption. No matter how degraded or corrupt a character may be, he or she should be portrayed with the dignity of being redeemable. Some ray of hope should penetrate the darkness."
The epilogue also contains a discussion of the use of ghost-writers in the Christian publishing business. This is one of my pet issues, because I know that this happens more often than the most readers realize and it just isn't right. I'm delighted, then, to see this addressed as the unethical practice it is: "When Christians accept such exploitive practices, they are broadcasting to the world that they do not value creative or intellectual work, no matter what they may say."
Summing up, let me say first that Saving Leonardo is pretty to look at and engaging to read. It's made me curious to know more about the history and philosophy of artistic expression. I understand, too, that it's important to learn to recognize and resist secularism and I'm thinking that reading this book is, at the very least, a good start to that.
To quote from the book, " We are called to revolt against false idols and teh power they exert over minds and hearts."
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