Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning

Saving Leonardo A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind Morals and Meaning Is secularism a positive force in the modern world Or does it lead to fragmentation and disintegration In Saving Leonardo best selling award winning author Nancy Pearcey Total Truth coauthor How Now

  • Title: Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning
  • Author: Nancy R. Pearcey
  • ISBN: 9781433669279
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Is secularism a positive force in the modern world Or does it lead to fragmentation and disintegration In Saving Leonardo, best selling award winning author Nancy Pearcey Total Truth, coauthor How Now Shall We Live makes a compelling case that secularism is destructive and dehumanizing.Pearcey depicts the revolutionary thinkers and artists, the ideas and events, leadiIs secularism a positive force in the modern world Or does it lead to fragmentation and disintegration In Saving Leonardo, best selling award winning author Nancy Pearcey Total Truth, coauthor How Now Shall We Live makes a compelling case that secularism is destructive and dehumanizing.Pearcey depicts the revolutionary thinkers and artists, the ideas and events, leading step by step to the unleashing of secular worldviews that undermine human dignity and liberty She crafts a fresh approach that exposes the real world impact of ideas in philosophy, science, art, literature, and film voices that surround us in the classroom, in the movie theater, and in our living rooms.A former agnostic, Pearcey offers a persuasive case for historic Christianity as a holistic and humane alternative She equips readers to counter the life denying worldviews that are radically restructuring society and pervading our daily lives Whether you are a devoted Christian, determined secularist, or don t know quite where you stand, reading Saving Leonardo will unsettle established views and topple ideological idols Includes than 100 art reproductions and illustrations that bring the book s themes to life.

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    1. It is difficult for me to contain my enthusiasm for this book. When it comes to a consistent embrace of the true, the good and the beautiful, Christians consistently have a bad case of the Wobblies. They want to pick one and manufacture their own Christianized sect or ideological ism out of that one element. But this is like choosing height over depth, or depth over breadth. You can't have one without having them all, and you can't take away one without removing them all. Pearcey is primarily ad [...]

    2. (note: I don't normally like calling people Nazi's, but this book appears to deserve having the four letter N word thrown at it.)Leafing through this book at work I'm fairly certain that off in the distance I heard the sound of goose-stepping jackboots. The sound was soft but growing subtly louder. This book is allegedly an unbiased (the author was once agnostic! I wonder who some other 'unbiased' agnostics were? Right, some of the high ranking members of the Nazi party.) look at how secularism [...]

    3. Quotes that struck me as I read:Introduction: WHY AMERICANS HATE POLITICS"Because the word 'secular' is the opposite of 'religious', many people assume that secularism is a problem for religious groups only. Not so. When politics loses its moral dimension, we all lose." (pg. 2)Ch. 1: ARE YOU AN EASY MARK?"Writers and artists do not go home at night and study systematic philosophy. Yet they are whole persons who bring their basic assumptions about life into the study or the studio." (pg. 9)"World [...]

    4. So: this is the book you're looking for.If you've ever wondered what cubism or impressionism is about.If you've ever wondered how a urinal or a canvas painted in just one depressingly dark colour could possibly be considered art.If you've ever had even a fleeting interest in making or consuming music, storytelling, film, or philosophy.If you're a Christian serious about understanding the culture around us.Or, goodness, even if you just want an engaging and readable history of philosophy illustra [...]

    5. Nancy Pearcey has a noble goal: to provide today's Christian with the tools to analyze worldview in the media they consume. I think she basically fails at this goal, the biggest reason that this book tries to do too many things in too little space.I commend her for taking a stand against total abstinence from secular culture, but I just found the content of Saving Leonardo to be lacking in. everything. About 3/4 of the book is an art history crash-course where she analyzes the worldviews that ga [...]

    6. Excellent, Well-Informed, and CompellingThis book gives a solid, well-informed look at the history of modern philosophy and shows clearly how each of the leading world views expressed themselves in art. Simultaneously, the author equips the reader to critique and respond to these world views with a holistic Biblical worldview, and challenges Christians to think and create well.

    7. If you are a Christian and you are a thinker (shame on you if you are a lazy Christian!) you should read this book! I'm so glad I did! I'm especially glad my copy was a gift -- so it will be a treasure for my family. Saving Leonardo reminds me of how important it is to be grounded in Biblical worldview so I can make a difference in a broken world especially with my art.

    8. "True wisdom consists in seeing every field of knowledge through the lens of God's truth — government, science, economics, business, and the arts."Though we're not even halfway through 2011 yet, I have a pretty good feeling this will end up being my favorite book of the year. A book on apologetics, culture, and philosophy that spends a lot of time focused on art, music, and literature is right up my alley! I actually finished reading it a couple months ago, but my brain was so full it took me [...]

    9. This book had so much potential but just did not deliver. I learned a lot from the clear tracing of the philosophical ideas that historically led us to our current post-modern, western worldview. Ms Pearcey showed clearly the two separate currents of secularism that make up today's American worldview. However, there were two main problems I had with her book. The first was that it did not take long in the historical whirlwind tour for her to lose me. So many of the explanations sounded similar. [...]

    10. I have taken almost 2 years to read this book, and part of me just wants to start it all over again right now. This is not a book to read quickly, and I found myself re-reading portions frequently. I discovered many truths that resonated with me deeply, and ignited new passion in me to continue to question and seek how I can be a light in this world and encourage/prepare my children as well. An inspirational and thought-provoking read. Worth all the time I spent reading it.

    11. This is an exceptionally well-reasoned and historically backed defense of morality and the enriching depth and meaning that Christianity brings to mankind. Pearcey never attacks or resorts to ad hominems against secularism, but she doesn’t sugarcoat, either. Instead, she traces the historical lineage of philosophy, art, music, literature, science, and film to explain how we as a culture have resorted to different shades of secularism that, ultimately, produce nothing but dehumanization and cru [...]

    12. Excellent book. Pearcey does an exceptional job of exposing the various philosophies that have affected our modern culture. She traces the thought development, primarily throught art as well as some literature, to expose worldviews such as Nehilism, Empiricism, Romanticism (etc), and how they have infiltrated mostly culture, but even the church. Pearcey exposes why, as Christians, we need to be aware of these worldviews and how to strengthen our Biblical worldview, renewing our minds in the trut [...]

    13. Nancy Pearcy has done it again! After her first book, Total Truth, I didn't think she would be able to come up with any new material. What a pleasant surprise to find a systematic layout of modern secular thinking. This is a powerful tool in any evangelist's library.

    14. Nancy Pearcey has done it again, she has provided a scholarly work that analyzes the worldviews that have assaulted society. I particularly enjoyed this book because she investigated the influence of various worldviews on the arts. She did a crash course on art history from the Greeks to Pollock. I recommend this to absolutely everyone. If you don't read Nancy Pearcey, you're doing yourself a disservice. The following passages were worth noting:"For when moral convictions are reduced to arbitrar [...]

    15. This book opened my eyes to the worldviews behind art. Every artist, filmmaker, and musician sees the world a certain way and this is exhibited in the means by which they express themselves. Although a piece of art may evoke a certain response from us, this may not be what the artist intended.To quote Marcel Duchamp, the guy who submitted the urinal as art, “I threw the urinal into their faces as a challenge, and now they come and admire it as an art object for its aesthetic beauty.” Pearcey [...]

    16. I feel an all-consuming zeal to make sure everyone I know reads this book. I loved reading it because I learned a great deal about the history of humanity. Even better, what I've learned equipped me with the wisdom to see philosophy every where. I am not exaggerating: This book has changed the way I see everything.Nancy Pearcey begins by using contemporary political issues to help her readers understand the fundamental dichotomy between facts and values, and then goes on to show how every philos [...]

    17. I expected not to like this book. I've got some very conservative friends who like Pearcey a little too much, and I've got some more moderate friends who are a little stand-offish about Pearcey. Good thing I had to read it for my teaching certification process. I was pleasantly surprised with how Pearcey takes even the most ugly and dubious artworks seriously because of what those artworks are saying. I was also glad to hear her neither lionize nor demonize continental OR analytical philosophy, [...]

    18. Worthy of our timeThe author did a great job of showing how world views developed through the centuries. For myself it was incredibly interesting to see these reflected in art. To be frank, several art pieces made much more sense after reading this book.

    19. Nancy Pearcey now has two books on my all-time favorites list (Total Truth being the other). One of life's biggest annoyances is the apparent lack of concern that many Christians have for beauty. We so quickly forget that beauty belongs to our Lord! In her characteristic manner, Pearcey takes you on a guided tour of history and the philosophical pathologies which have infected the minds of believers and which have resulted in a loss of concern for the aesthetic. I have come to truly appreciate P [...]

    20. Saving Leonardo by Nancy Pearcey is an incredible work of apologetics. After finishing it, I wanted to buy a dozen copies to give to my friends. The book is an exploration of the historical development of worldviews through the arts—movies, books, music, the fine arts. Pearcy demonstrates how secularism dominates our western culture today and how truth is no longer embraced as a unified whole, but has been divided into facts and values. She takes us back in history to show how both the Enlight [...]

    21. A fly by history of art and culture that helpfully critiques the philosophies that make them tick. However, as is the trouble with much "worldview" literature, it breaks apart people's motives for producing art into categorizable data. This falls apart when she mentions that although it's fine to have Bauhaus furniture in our homes the philosophy that produced it is deadly. Well which is it? If the philosophy is deadly which part of the furniture is deadly? If the furniture isn't deadly then why [...]

    22. What an amazing book! A must read for any and every Christian to longs to see secular culture challenged and changed. Or for those who've heard it spoken from a pulpit that 'Christian's need to take back the arts!' and are left wondering How? and Why? A Christian presence in the arts is not necessary just so that we'll have "Christian entertainment" to placate us, but because it will have a positive influence on culture at large.Many parts of this book I read aloud to my wife. It encouraged her [...]

    23. A well worthwhile read. Pearcey takes the reader through art, literature and philosophy in a journey of showing how modern thought has diverged since the enlightenment into realms of fact and value. The books includes the art pieces she refers to, bringing clarity and great aids to the discussion. (Note: I read this on a Kindle, so didn't see the color. However, the images are in color - if you pull the book up on 's Cloud Reader, an iPad, Kindle Fire - anything with a color screen - you'll see [...]

    24. This was a truly wonderful book. Nancy's gift for articulation is matched only by her knowledge of the subject. This book will help you understand how we all got into this secular mess. If you are not an art lover then you will love this book, because it will show you why you're not. If you are, then you should love this book, because it will show you how to do that better. As usual, I reserve the 5 star rating for books everyone simply must read, and this is no exception.

    25. I had to read this book for school and went into it really hoping for a book that Discussed things like whether or not art is important for life, or some in-depth studies of specific pieces of art. It turned out to be just another worldview catalogue. It finally did get to some interesting stuff in the Epilogue, but I wish the the whole book had been like the epilogue, instead of just having a small section of it.

    26. I really did appreciate this, it is a sort of update of Schaeffer's 'how then shall we live', and is very well executed. A fitting follow up to 'total truth'.

    27. Excellent! As is the case for all Pearcey's books, her depth and comprehensive understanding of her subject matter make this book a college class in one volume.

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