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

In The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation, writer Rod Dreher, a believing Christian and committed conservative, argues that others who believe as he does must “develop creative, communal solutions to help us hold on to our faith and our values in a world growing ever more hostile to them.” For readers who are unfamiliar with the term, the Benedict Option was created by philosopher Alasdair McIntyre in a book titled, After Virtue (University of Notre Dame Press, 3rd ed., March 2007). It is an umbrella term for Christians who accept McIntyre’s critique of modernity, and who also recognize that forming Christians who live out Christianity according to Great Tradition requires embedding within communities and institutions dedicated to that formation. It refers to Christians in the contemporary West who cease to identify the continuation of civility and moral community with the maintenance of American empire, and who therefore are keen to construct local forms of community as loci of Christian resistance against what the empire represents. Available for $25.00 from Sentinel Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014. To order online, click here. –