DEATH IN THE CITY, by Francis A. Schaeffer

Published on December 14, 2023 by Eugene Ho

Crossway, 2022 | 160 pages

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About the Author

Francis A. Schaeffer (1912–1984) authored more than twenty books, which have been translated into a score of languages and sold millions worldwide. He and his wife, Edith, founded 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.



We are living in a post-Christian world; how should we as Christians live and function in it? Coming from the perspective of an individual whose words now resonate even more so than they did when he penned them, Schaeffer seeks to answer these important questions. 


Table of Contents

Chapter 1  Death in the City
Chapter 2  The Loneliness of Man
Chapter 3  The Message of Judgment
Chapter 4  An Echo of the World
Chapter 5  The Persistence of Compassion
Chapter 6  The Significance of Man
Chapter 7  The Man Without the Bible
Chapter 8  The Justice of God
Chapter 9  The Universe and Two Chairs




Chapter 1: Death in the City

We have true death in our cities because people have turned away from God and turned toward other things and creatures, neither of which will ever satisfy them spiritually nor will bring true worship to God. In our day, we have death in the city just like Jeremiah had in his day, as he spoke about God’s judgment in the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations. God can judge us in a variety of ways, but his judgment right now involves turning away from us. This ends up with man living with all sorts of different philosophies to try to find meaning in their lives, only to end up empty. 

What we need is reformation of our doctrine, revival of our souls, and a constructive revolution. When those three things align and happen simultaneously, that is when we see the greatest transformations throughout history. . . .

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