The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation

The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation

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Book Summary:
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"Already the most discussed and most important religious book of the decade." —David Brooks

In this controversial bestseller, Rod Dreher calls on American Christians to prepare for the coming Dark Age by embracing an ancient Christian way of life. 

 
From the inside, American churches have been hollowed out by the departure of young people and by an insipid pseudo–Christianity. From the outside, they are beset by challenges to religious liberty in a rapidly secularizing culture. Keeping Hillary Clinton out of the White House may have bought a brief reprieve from the state’s assault, but it will not stop the West’s slide into decadence and dissolution.
 
Rod Dreher argues that the way forward is actu­ally the way back—all the way to St. Benedict of Nur­sia. This sixth-century monk, horrified by the moral chaos following Rome’s fall, retreated to the forest and created a new way of life for Christians. He built enduring communities based on principles of order, hospitality, stability, and prayer. His spiritual centers of hope were strongholds of light throughout the Dark Ages, and saved not just Christianity but Western civilization.
 
Today, a new form of barbarism reigns. Many believers are blind to it, and their churches are too weak to resist. Politics offers little help in this spiritual crisis. What is needed is the Benedict Option, a strategy that draws on the authority of Scripture and the wisdom of the ancient church. The goal: to embrace exile from mainstream culture and construct a resilient counterculture.
 
The Benedict Option is both manifesto and rallying cry for Christians who, if they are not to be conquered, must learn how to fight on culture war battlefields like none the West has seen for fifteen hundred years. It's for all mere Chris­tians—Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox—who can read the signs of the times. Neither false optimism nor fatalistic despair will do. Only faith, hope, and love, embodied in a renewed church, can sustain believers in the dark age that has overtaken us. These are the days for building strong arks for the long journey across a sea of night.
The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation
5 Stars Dreher does an excellent job of pointing out practices of our Christian lives ...
on September 22, 2017
Dreher does an excellent job of pointing out practices of our Christian lives we may not be paying attention to. For instance, are you a "Sunday go to meeting Christian"? You know, yes you go to Church every week then your faith gets put on the back burner while you live among the noise of our secular society getting ahead, making ends meet and then reappear at Church the next Sunday. He is not asking anyone to become a Benedictine Monk folks, but there are a lot of ideas in the book which just might cause you to pause & reflect and in turn find a little more peace in your daily lives...
The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation
5 Stars A spiritual reading list must!
on April 22, 2017
The Benedict Option brings forward critical thinking on our contemporary times with insightful impact on the Christian faith, and vice versa . My reflections while reading the book were many, but the one reflection which stays with me is the importance and gift of faith and what it means to be a Catholic and member of the Church instituted by Christ with the blessings of His Sacraments, which is the basis for our faith.
The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation
5 Stars Inner truths written well
on April 1, 2017
Bravo for the courage to address difficult and challenging ideas. This should be required reading for all young couples and new parents. The non-material things we pass onto our children are more important than anything else. The words encourage the reader to live life integrated every moment with God's Will - a truly revolutionary approach in the modern world.
The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation
4 Stars A Framework for the times.
on September 19, 2017
A timely book giving the back story to how we find ourselves where we are today, followed by some ancient advice from similar times. The book then finishes with contemporary stories and advice to make the entire package worth reading, considering and absorbing. The challenge to follow for avid readers is then to distill out the actions that most suit our own situations. Benedict Option is a very useful guidebook. The human failing that the book overcomes is mainly our limited vision. Most of us see only from our current position and are unable to visualise the big picture. For instance, we see the Dark Ages from the perspective of the Enlightenment, without understanding cause and effect. We use terms like another "Dark Ages" without realising what it is that we are referring to. By seeing the wider expanse, a genuine strategy can be considered and put into action by those who care.