Category Archives: Benedict Option

Forsaking lunacy, again and again

I have long thought that the best critique of Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option is that he’s just asking Christians to actually act like Christians, and asking the Church actually to do the work of the Church. (Long? Well, the book … Continue reading

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Clippings (and a little opinion) 11/30/18

In some ways the most important items are last, but they have to do with heroes like Robert Mueller and villains like Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, and Michael Cohen. Some of you therefore might experience serious cognitive dissonance. 1 It’s … Continue reading

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Monday 9/17/18

Politics and religion. This is no dinner party. Continue reading

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Monday Mélange 9/3/18

  1 The narrator provides us with one final parcel of information that he has learned about Bartleby, a rumor he has heard that before the young man entered his employ, he worked in the dead letter office in Washington, … Continue reading

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Encore!

Serendipity led me back to a blog of 8 years ago, which has aged well. Continue reading

Posted in Benedict Option, Declinism, History, Moralistic therapeutic deism, Nominalism and Realism, Orthodoxy, Sexualia, Sundry flakes

Why I’m not calling for Revolution

I cannot forgive or forget Trump’s praise for the most hideously totalitarian regime on the planet, for a bloodthirsty scion who conducts regular public hangings, keeps his subjects in a state of mind-control, holds hundreds of thousands in concentration camps, … Continue reading

Posted in Benedict Option, History, Jeremiad, Mediating structures, Naked Emperors, Religious freedom, Speech & Press, statism, stay tuned, subsidiarity, the worst are full of passionate intensity, Transvaluation of Values

When I was 21, it was a very good year*

The future of the Church, once again as always, will be reshaped by saints, by men, that is, whose minds probe deeper than the slogans of the day, who see more than others see, because their lives embrace a wider … Continue reading

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Saturday, 12/16/17

A potpourri, maybe a little more stimulating than usual. Continue reading

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From my Twitter feed

You don’t need to believe in God to have good values individually. A society that shuns God is a different story. https://t.co/GSocTbQlui — Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 13, 2017 I’m strongly inclined to agree with Shapiro on that. By analogy, … Continue reading

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Benedict Option for Dummies

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 … Continue reading

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