Nancy Pearcey


Nancy R. Pearcey, editor-at-large of The Pearcey Report, is joining the faculty at Rivendell Sanctuary and will begin leading classes in the fall of 2011. She is also a columnist at Human Events and a fellow at the Discovery Institute. 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. She has also served as professor of worldview studies at Philadelphia Biblical University, during which time she wrote her most recent book, Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning.

Formerly an agnostic, Nancy studied violin in Heidelberg 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, music). 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 and received a doctoral degree (honorary) from Philadelphia Biblical University. She has also been a visiting scholar at Biola University's Torrey Honors Institute.

Heralded as "America's pre-eminent evangelical Protestant female intellectual" (The Economist), 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 worldview 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, and authoring more than 1,000 commentaries herself. 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 American Thinker, 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.

In addition to Saving Leonardo and Total Truth, Nancy is author of The Soul of Science and co-author of How Now Shall We Live? (with novelist Harold Fickett and former White House operative Charles W. Colson). 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, Uncommon Dissent, and the Phillip Johnson Festschrift titled Darwin's Nemesis.