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

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

In a radical new vision for the future of Christianity, NYT bestselling author and conservative columnist Rod Dreher calls on American Christians to prepare for the coming Dark Age by embracing an ancient Christian way of life. The light of the Christian faith is flickering out all over the West, and only the willfully blind refuse to see it. From the outside, American chu...

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Title:The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation
Author:Rod Dreher
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ISBN:0735213291
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:262 pages

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

  • Jeremy
    Mar 13, 2017
    Katelyn Beaty's review at The Washington Post. James K. A. Smith reviews it in Comment, lasering in on Dreher's alleged alarmism. Smith says something similar, and harsher, at WaPo, and Dreher didn't like it (although the pun is irresistible). Dreher and Smith have clashed over this before.Here's Dr...
  • Melanie
    Apr 23, 2017
    I was looking forward to this book for quite awhile. I wanted to like it, but it was just ok. Maybe because I've read a lot of Dreher's thoughts on this topic on his blog and there wasn't much new. Chapter 3, about the Rule, was the chapter I most enjoyed - it made me think of ways I could imitate m...
  • Austin Hoffman
    Feb 25, 2017
    A fantastic idea and necessary movement, yet I found this book implemented it poorly. It was filled with doom and gloom, mixed with some theologically sound advice as well as a good dose of classic American conservatism, and ultimately, didn't say much beyond, "head for the hills. The barbarians are...
  • Calvinist Batman
    Mar 17, 2017
    This book was quite thought provoking. It's one of those books everyone needs to read. I don't agree with *everything* he says, but I agree with way more than I thought I would. Some may see this book as extremely alarmist, but I don't think those people have their feet in reality as a Christian. I ...
  • Charles
    Mar 14, 2017
    "The Benedict Option" is, as I expected, an outstanding book. Rod Dreher has definitively shown that he is the Pope Urban of a new and dynamic movement, and this book has occasioned much commentary in the mainstream press. Unfortunately, the main point of Dreher’s book—to make a countercul...
  • Bob
    Mar 26, 2017
    Summary: A proposal that in the face of pervasive cultural decline that has led to political, theological, and moral compromise within the church, it is time for Christians to consider a kind of strategic withdrawal patterned on the monastic movement founded by St. Benedict.The idea of "the Benedict...
  • Jeanette
    Mar 30, 2017
    Asking some of the most central questions and defining the crux of "the world" or Moralistic Therapeutic Deism that is currently defined as "good" that is 5 star. And actions in Christian morality with Christian definitions of living "good" as the goals, that's the object. Because it is true, the ba...
  • Catherine
    Apr 08, 2017
    no one needs more opinions on this book; i will endeavor to live my answer to it...
  • Brian
    Apr 13, 2017
    Dreher is Eastern Orthodox, so I differ with him on several theological points, but his analysis of our cultural situation is spot-on, his forecast of what's coming is realistic, and his strategic proposal for how to face it (though it perhaps embraces too much of a fortress mentality) is compelling...
  • Simon
    May 11, 2017
    In the interests of transparency: I was a Benedictine monk for nearly four years, have spent my working life (43 years) at the college run by the Benedictine monks of my former abbey. So I have some experience in living as part of an intentional community, and not only as a monk. The ethos of Benedi...