Recently, journalist and popular blogger Rod Dreher made waves with the publication of his book, The Benedict Option. In it, Dreher argues that the Christian church is far from immune to the precipitous cultural decline in the West, and that many Christians have lost sight of what it means to be in the world, but not of it. Drawing on The Rule of St. Benedict’s, The Benedict Option mounts a complex argument for a strategic cultural withdrawal on the part of the Church. How feasible is Dreher’s proposal? Aren’t there already many examples of people practicing cultural withdrawal? How much is too much? In this episode, Nathan and Cameron discuss Dreher’s provocative thesis.
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