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Saturday, June 07, 2008





OK, guys, I have already shocked you by my post in which I quoted from Nancy Pearcey's Commencement Address in which she advocated christian reconstruction at a prominent dispe bible college. Now prepare yourself for another -- she now is the professor of worldview studies at that same institution! This school (now called PBU --Philadelphia Biblical University) was formerly called PCB -- the Philadelphia College of Bible, one of the staunchest of all dispe bible colleges, which not only uses the Scofield Bible in all their courses, but of which Scofield himself was one of the FOUNDERS !! My source for her address was impeccable, PBU's own magazine. And my source for her appointment as Prof there is also impeccable, it is found in the Pearcey Report, which gives a bio of Nancy.

Here it is:


Nancy R. Pearcey is editor-at-large of The Pearcey Report and professor of worldview studies at Philadelphia Biblical University. Previously she was the Francis A. Schaeffer Scholar at the World Journalism Institute, where she taught a worldview course based on her book Total Truth, winner of the 2005 ECPA Gold Medallion Award for best book on Christianity and Society.

Formerly an agnostic, Nancy studied violin in Heidel- berg in the early 1970s, then traveled to Switzerland to study Christian worldview at L'Abri Fellowship, where Francis Schaeffer was living and teaching. Later she graduated from Iowa State University with a Distributed Studies degree (philosophy, German, mus- ic). After earning a master's in Biblical Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, she pursued graduate work in the history of philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto. She has been a visiting scholar at Biola University's Torrey Honors Institute and is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute.

Heralded as "one of the few female intellectuals in evangelicalism" (Evangelical Outpost), Nancy has addressed staffers on Capitol Hill and at the White House; actors and screenwriters in Hollywood; scientists at labs such as Sandia and Los Alamos; students and faculty at Stanford, Dartmouth, Princeton, USC, Ohio State, and the University of Georgia; as well as educational and activist groups, including the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. She has appeared on NPR and C-SPAN.

Nancy began publishing articles on science and world- view in 1977 for the Bible-Science Newsletter, where for 13 years she analyzed the Christian worldview themes she would develop more fully in later books and articles. In 1991 she became the founding editor of the daily radio program "BreakPoint, " where she served for nearly nine years as executive editor, heading up a team of writers producing broadcast-ready commentaries. Under her intellectual leadership, the program grew into an influential outlet for a Christian worldview perspective on current events, with an estimated weekly audience of five million. She was also policy director and senior fellow of the Wilberforce Forum, and for five years she coauthored a monthly column in Christianity Today.

Nancy has served as managing editor of Origins & Design, an editorial board member of Salem Communications, and a commentator on Public Square Radio. Her articles have appeared in the Washington Times, Human Events, First Things, World, Pro Rege, Human Life Review, American Enterprise, The Family in America, and the Regent University Law Review.

Nancy has authored or coauthored several works, including The Soul of Science and How Now Shall We Live? She contributed the Foreword to The Right Questions, and chapters to Of Pandas and People, Mere Creation, Pro-Life Feminism, Genetic Ethics, Signs of Intelligence, Reading God's World, Uncom- mon Dissent, and a forthcoming Phillip Johnson Festschrift titled Darwin's Nemesis. Nancy and Rick are homeschooling the second of their two sons.

You can check this out at about.php

And, hey, this is real important -- she is the new Francis Schaeffer and is one smart feisty lady -- a real Kingdom Warrior!




  • At Tuesday, November 11, 2008, Anonymous Charla said…

    Well said.

  • At Monday, May 21, 2012, Blogger Sara said…

    Please check your facts before posting errors. You said that PBU "uses the Scofield Bible in all their courses." Completely not true. In fact, it is used in NONE of their classes. Perhaps a half-century ago it was used, but the Scofield Bible, as important it was to further dispensationalism along, is quite outdated now. When I attended PBU (2005-07), Charles Ryrie's Basic Theology was the go-to text for the doctrine classes (only a handful of classes out of the many Bible and general classes one will take at PBU). I have been told by other students that they have now replaced Ryrie's Basic Theology with Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology as the text for doctrine classes.

  • At Tuesday, May 22, 2012, Blogger Forrest Schultz said…

    Back in the 1960s it was definitely true that PCB used the Scofield Reference Bible. I know this because my wife and a number of my friends then were students there and this is what they said. I had never heard that they ceased using it. If they have, then I stand corrected. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.


    Forrest Schultz


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