All posts by Jake Meador

Jake Meador is a 2010 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he studied English and History. He lives in Lincoln, NE with his wife Joie, their daughter Davy, and son Wendell. Jake's writing has appeared in Christianity Today, Fare Forward, the University Bookman, Books & Culture, First Things, Front Porch Republic, and The Run of Play.

benedict-option

Indexing Political Theologies: Six Christianity and Culture Strategies

One of the smarter criticisms I’ve read of Rod’s book comes from Doug Wilson’s initial post about it in which he raises the question of whether we are moving into a time of extended testing under an established regime hostile...

/ April 24, 2017

On Reinvigorating Family Worship: A Mere O Project

I’m excited to announce a short series of posts we’ll be running in the coming days on family worship. I have had a growing sense of the need for this sort of series for awhile, due in part to the BenOp...

/ April 12, 2017

Is it really that bad?: Christianity, Secularism, and the Apocalypse

I think it was C. S. Lewis who once said of a new friend, maybe Owen Barfield, that he had read all the right books only to come to all the wrong conclusions. Lewis’s quote came to mind on several...

/ April 10, 2017

How Do Movements Grow? The BenOp, Conversation, and Local Advocacy

One of my primary points in my review of Rod’s book is that orthodox Christians need a robust commitment to conversation if we are to thrive in a post-Christian context. Given the importance this will play and the related point...

/ March 30, 2017
book-reviews

Reviewing Rod Dreher’s “The Benedict Option”

Fair Warning: This is long. But I’ve tried to break it up with some header tags that make it easy to scan on an initial read. The review basically falls into three parts: The paragraphs between “Introduction” and “What is...

/ March 14, 2017
benedict-option

The “New Alarmism” is not new and is not alarmism.

When asked about the Holy Roman Empire the French philosophe Voltaire once quipped that said empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire. I had something like that thought while reading Dr. James K. A. Smith’s piece for the...

/ March 10, 2017
old-church

Reviewing Anthony Esolen’s “Out of the Ashes”

I suspect the highest complement you can give a book written by a professor is that, upon finishing the book, you find yourself wishing that you could take a class with him. As I finished Anthony Esolen’s Out of the Ashes my...

/ March 10, 2017
limits-of-policy

On Presidential Politics and Evangelical Cultural Clout

If you’ll indulge me, I’m going to circle back around to Emma Green’s review of Rod’s book while also linking it to Katelyn Beaty’s review of the same published earlier this week in the Washington Post.

/ March 3, 2017
ash-wednesday

Lent, Individualism, and Christian Piety–An Email Conversation

Given that today is Ash Wednesday, it seemed appropriate to republish this email conversation that Alastair Roberts and I had which was first published in 2014. Introduction Recently my friend and occasional Mere O contributor Alastair Roberts exchanged a few...

/ March 1, 2017
benedict-option

The Benedict Option and Its Reviewers

Rod’s forthcoming book, The Benedict Option, is beginning to attract some considerable press attention. The Wall Street Journal has recently featured the book as part of a profile of the Clear Creek Catholics in rural Oklahoma. (I visited them last summer...

/ February 23, 2017