October 2, 2020

Understanding the Cultural Mandate

SERIES: Interview with Nancy Pearcey Nancy Pearcey

In Genesis 1, God tells Adam and Eve what he created them for. “Be fruitful and multiply”, which doesn’t just mean have kids. They were to develop the whole social world, and also to subdue the earth, meaning harness natural resources, things like building bridges and designing computers.

The Christian message often focuses just on salvation, what gets us ‘back on track’. But what is the track? What were we created to do? To build culture and civilizations. That is the original job description that God gave to the first couple and it’s our job description as well. 

Nancy Pearcey

Nancy Pearcey

Nancy Pearcey is the author of "Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality." Her earlier books include "The Soul of Science," "Saving Leonardo," "Finding Truth," and two ECPA Gold Medallion Award Winners: "How Now Shall We Live" (co-authored with Harold Fickett and Chuck Colson) and "Total Truth." Her books have been translated into eight languages. She is a professor and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University. A former agnostic, Pearcey has spoken at universities such as Princeton, Stanford, USC, and Dartmouth. She was highlighted as one of the top five women apologists by Christianity Today and hailed in the Economist as "America's pre-eminent evangelical Protestant female intellectual."

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