The Benedict Option : A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian NationThe Benedict OptionRod Dreher SalonSunday, 22 October 2017
Fieldstead & Company welcomes contemporary theologian, writer and editor, Rod Dreher, for this timely and crucial look at the state of Christianity in what the author refers to as a ‘post-Christian nation’. Dreher paints a bleak picture of Christianity in decline in the West and the resultant fragmentation of the once powerfully unified force in the world historically known as Christendom, as well as the very serious moral and spiritual consequences such a decline engenders.
Drawing from his recent work, The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation, Dreher argues that contemporary Christians should seek to emulate insular communities such as those of the historic Christian monastic orders and even draws from the example set by contemporary Orthodox Jewish communities, who strive to live in increasing separation from their respective wider societies, where they can emphasize their faith and their traditions more fully and devote more time and effort to spiritual development and community cohesion.
Mr. Dreher currently lives and works in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he acts as a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. He has also written several books, including: Crunchy Cons: How Birkenstocked Burkeans, Gun-Loving Organic Gardeners, Evangelical Free-Range Farmers, Hip Homeschooling Mamas, Right-Wing Nature Lovers, and Their Diverse Tribe of Countercultural Conservatives Plan to Save America (Or at Least the Republican Party) (2006), The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life (2013), How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom of History’s Greatest Poem (2015) and The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a post-Christian Nation (2017).