Category Archives: Benedict Option

Life goes on — and maybe gets better

I have been enjoying Jake Meador and the other young folks who write for Mere Orthodoxy for several years now, as it accelerates its publishing pace and the breadth of its author pool. I can’t say for sure I’ve encountered … Continue reading

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Omitted legacy

This is, though certainly not by premeditated design, a supplement to yesterday’s blog. “The alt-right is a combination of ideology and tactics,” [David] French said Friday at the Aspen Ideas Festival, co-hosted by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic. “Ideologically, … Continue reading

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Surprised by food for thought

… I was continuing to make my way through Shoshana Zuboff’s great new book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism. It’s not an easy book to read, in part because the things Zuboff, a former Harvard Business School professor, talks about can … Continue reading

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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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