Monasticism was born, not out of the moral or governmental failures of a late Roman state, but (ironically) out of Christian political success.
The Benedict Option is likely the best possible way forward for Christian social conservatives: it provides a new vision in place of disillusionment, refocuses them on local culture-making, and invites them to recover a longer Christian collective memory. If these things happen on a large scale, praise the Lord.
At the deepest level, the world needs for the Church to “be the Church.”
I have eagerly awaited Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option. Is Dreher right, or is he just telling people like me what we want to hear instead of what we need to hear?
Rather than sweeping doctrinal differences under the rug, Eighth Day Institute seeks to focus its ecumenism on the theological riches of ancient Christianity, which Christians of both East and West can claim as their heritage.
Last year I was very concerned about higher education. In fact, it seemed to me that our elite institutions were going to become no-go zones for anyone who did not toe the progressive line that moves further out by the minute. Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option pres... Read More...
It can be far too easy to project onto the Benedict Option a rose-colored nostalgia for a simpler, pre-industrial medieval past: a cozy escape into the world of craft beer and Brother Cadfael.
The world sure needs lots of high-quality everything to contrast with all the low-quality alternatives. Why shouldn’t Christians be the ones to offer it? Maybe some enchantment will follow.