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We are facing a Dark Age. In this new era, theology will need to be sparer, stripped of speculative distractions, courageously at home with death and the “other world,” and, most important, deeply engrossed in Scripture. Otherwise, the public face of the Christian faith will be washed away by the storm surge of our destructive culture.

Dark Age Ahead was Jane Jacobs’s last book, published in 2004. Jacobs, who died in 2006, was a maverick scholar and urban activist. She almost singlehandedly prevented highway projects from tearing apart lower Manhattan and central Toronto. Her writings, initially on cities and their importance to human life, moved on to treat economics and culture more broadly. She was dismissed by mainstream social scientists but prized by others for her respect for common-sense experience.

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