Tag: Rod Dreher

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

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
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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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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
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Categorizing the Benedict Options: A Reformation Day Reflection

Today marks the 499th anniversary of the day that would come to be seen as the spark that ignited a movement that purified the church in northern and western Europe and gave new energy to an already strong movement to...

/ October 31, 2016

What Proximity is Worth

In my mind this post began as a recap of Q Boston, an attempt to make connections between the disparate array of presentations and conversations that took place during its 2.5 stimulating days. Much has been made of the focus...

/ May 4, 2015

Engagement is Discipleship

As Christians face more direct opposition from cultural powers, we should consider Rod Dreher’s recent discussions of the Benedict Option and the Jeremiah Option. The former represents a more “separatist” approach to cultural or political engagement and the latter embraces...

/ October 13, 2014

Do we Really Need Small Towns?

This bit from my friend Jake Meador’s excellent piece on why we need small towns has lingered with me: No, we don’t all have to move to small towns to find these communities. But small towns make that sort of...

/ October 22, 2013

The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Review

Ruthie Leming lived in a little way. While her older brother left their rural Louisiana hometown to chase a big city journalism career, Ruthie stayed, married her high school sweetheart, became a teacher at the local school, and raised her...

/ May 30, 2013