Tag: Benedict Option

The Teddy Roosevelt Option: Ben Sasse’s Plan to Save the Country

Let’s get this out of the way right off: The Vanishing American Adult is not a political book. So says author Ben Sasse.

/ May 18, 2017

Quiz: What Political Theology Are You?

NOTE: Matthew Loftus and Susannah Black assisted with the creation of this quiz. Given the popularity of last week’s post indexing the various political theologies Christians might adopt today, we have created a quiz to help you figure out where...

/ May 1, 2017
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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

Polis/Counter-polis: On the Civic Benedict Option

October 2016 was a simpler, more innocent time. We were all youths, wet behind the ears; we look back at ourselves with a kind of bemused affection. Rod Dreher assumed, surely—we all assumed—that Hillary Clinton would win in November, that...

/ April 18, 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

A Social Justice Warrior in King Roderick’s Court

Last Thursday’s “Time for the Benedict Option?” discussion hosted by Plough, First Things, and The American Conservative was a great summary of the Benedict Option debate so far and where things ought to go from here. You can watch the...

/ March 24, 2017

Reviewing Archbishop Charles Chaput’s “Strangers in a Strange Land”

We’re pleased to publish this review by Dr. Miles Smith. Recent cultural and social changes in the United States have prompted concerned Christians to pick up their pens and address their respective flocks on the question of how to maintain...

/ March 23, 2017
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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
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Theologians Were Arguing About the Benedict Option 35 Years Ago

Getting historical perspective on a contemporary topic of debate is always helpful. Dr. Christopher Cleveland’s essay for us on the trinitarian controversy last summer is exceptional precisely because of how successfully he tied the current debate to historical debates and...

/ March 13, 2017
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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