Morris Berman has written a book making the case that America is very likely entering a dark age. He compares our culture to Rome and draws similarities between the fall of that empire and the fall of America. I am finding the reading very interesting as he provides the fruit of much research and study to support a thesis I have felt in my gut. I want to read his entire book before making extensive comment, but I find it very interesting, and oddly, encouraging. Are we as Christians called out to build communities to ride out the "fall" much as Benedict did for Europe in an earlier time?