Crossway’s Trackback Thursday – book giveaway

Crossway is starting up a new blog feature called Trackback Thursday where each week they’ll “feature a book (from a year back or 30 years back) that we think you should be familiar with.”  This week’s feature is Francis A. Schaeffer’s Death in the City.  Check it out at Crossway’s blog.  Here’s what they have to say about the book:

“Death in the City was Schaeffer’s third book, coming shortly after The God Who is There and Escape from Reason. First published in 1982 as part of The Complete Works of Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City is based upon lectures given at Wheaton College (Illinois) in September and October of 1968.

“Here is an opportunity to encounter a prophetic voice from the past that speaks today with arresting understanding of our post-Christian culture. Written against the backdrop of the sixties counter-cultural upheaval, Death in the City reads today with the same ring of truth regarding personal, moral, spiritual, and intellectual concerns. The death that Schaeffer writes about is more than just physical deathit is the moral and spiritual death that subtly suffocates truth and meaning and beauty out of the city and wider culture.

“Here’s s an excerpt from Chapter 4, “An Echo of the World”:

What caused such a breakdown in our culture? The two world wars? Don’t believe it. If the house had been strong, it would not have come down with the earthquake. If the heart had not been eaten out of the culture, the world wars would not have broken it. “Don’t worry,” some say, “it’s only a technological problem, and technology will be the solution.” But that is not true. Man would not be in the position he is in simply because of technological problems if he had had a really Christian base. An energy crisis? Of course it is serious, but it is not the heart of the problem. The fact that the United States is now urban rather than agrarian? Is this the final problem? No. To solve only the urban problem would be to heal “slightly.” You can hear it over and over again—all kinds of secondary solutions to secondary problems. Of course these are problems, but they are not the central problem. And men who use theological language to fasten our eyes upon them as the central problem stand under the judgment of God, because they have forgotten that the real reason we are in such a mess is that we have turned away from the God who is there and the truth which He has revealed. The problem is that the house is so rotten that even smaller earthquakes shake it to the core (pg. 74).

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