Death in the City

By Francis A. Schaeffer, Foreword by Lane T. Dennis, Introduction by Udo W. Middelmann

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Few Christians had greater impact during the last half of the twentieth century than Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer. A man with penetrating insight into post-Christian, post-modern life, Schaeffer also cared deeply about people and their search for truth, meaning, and beauty. If there is one central theme throughout Schaeffer's work, it is that "true truth" is revealed in the Bible by "the God who is there," and that what we do with this truth has decisive consequences in every area of life.

Death in the City was Schaeffer's third book and is foundational to his thinking. Written against the backdrop of the sixties countercultural upheaval, it reads today with the same ring of truth regarding personal, moral, spiritual, and intellectual concerns. Especially in light of 9/11, Schaeffer seems disturbingly prophetic. The death that Schaeffer writes about is more than just physical death—it is the moral and spiritual death that subtly suffocates truth and meaning and beauty out of the city and the wider culture.

What is the answer that Schaeffer offers in response? It is commitment to God's Word as truth—a costly practice in the midst of the intellectual, moral, and philosophical battles of our day. It is compassion for a world that is lost and dying without the Gospel. It is yielding our lives to God and allowing Him to bring forth His fruit through us.

Few have demonstrated this commitment to truth and "persistence of compassion" so consistently as Schaeffer did. And because of this, few who begin reading these pages will come to the end without having their life profoundly changed.


Author:

Francis A. Schaeffer

Francis A. Schaeffer (1912–1984) authored more than twenty books, which have been translated into several languages and have sold millions globally. He and his wife, Edith, founded the L'Abri Fellowship international study and discipleship centers. Recognized internationally for his work in Christianity and culture, Schaeffer passed away in 1984 but his influence and legacy continue worldwide.

Product Details

Category: Culture & Social Issues
Christian Living
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 160
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 6.82 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-58134-402-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-58134-402-8
ISBN-UPC: 9781581344028
Case Quantity: 10
Published: May 31, 2002

Endorsements

“What is the long-term significance of Francis Schaeffer? I am sure that I shall not be at all wrong when I hail Schaeffer—who saw so much more and agonized over it so much more tenderly than the rest of us do—as one of the truly great Christians of my time.”
J. I. PackerJ. I. Packer, Late Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College

“When I went to L’Abri many years ago as an agnostic, it was the first time I encountered Christians who engaged with the cultural and intellectual world. A leader distinguished by his integrity and authenticity, Francis Schaeffer shows how the richness of biblical truth illuminates the course of history as well as our individual lives.”
Nancy Pearcey, author, Total Truth; Finding Truth; and Love Thy Body

“There is no other important Christian thinker of our era who has tackled as many fundamental intellectual, philosophical, and theological issues as Schaeffer did, and no one else has so revealed their relevance to us.”
Harold O. J. Brown, Professor Emeritus of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School