In our conversation last night some of the students expressed some confusion as to what the Benedict Option actually entailed. I said:
1) the culture is increasingly anti-Christian;
2) It’s not going to leave Christians alone;
3) Christians have accommodated too much to the culture, and don’t have the resources to defend themselves;
4) Much of it will get swept away, but that which will be left is purified.
To that list, I would add at least one more:
3a) If you want to know how to dis-accommodate yourself to the culture, and regain the resources to defend yourself (and your loved ones), here are some examples of how others are doing it. Do any of them fit? Could they be tailored to fit?
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“Liberal education is concerned with the souls of men, and therefore has little or no use for machines … [it] consists in learning to listen to still and small voices and therefore in becoming deaf to loudspeakers.” (Leo Strauss)
There is no epistemological Switzerland. (Via Mars Hill Audio Journal Volume 134)