The pace of change in our culture over the last twenty years has been breath-taking! It isn’t always easy to keep up with the latest technological advances, ethical issues and shifts in morality. The biblical perspective of human beings, as creatures made in the image of the Creator has been so eroded, that the value of human life itself has been lost. From euthanasia to abortion, gender to sexuality, artificial intelligence to transhumanism, the church is viewed as the enemy of rational thought and compassionate action.
Into this context Nancy Pearcey’s book Love thy body provides a helpful guide to understanding our cultural moment, as she thoughtfully explores the philosophical and theological background of secularism. Pearcey helps the reader to recognise the prevalence of dualism in our everyday lives, and how the body has been separated from the ‘person’ as something that is useful, but not intrinsic to humanness.
Pearcey’s book is a thoroughly researched and helpful starting point for Christians who want to reach out effectively to people who are victims of the ‘secular moral revolution’. Each chapter provides an encouragement to the church to reach out with care, compassion and clarity, sharing a view of the world that is life affirming and liberating.