Rod Dreher Discusses His Book, 'The Benedict Option' (Videos)

According to Mr. Dreher, if Christians don’t take radical action immediately, the Christian faith that salvaged and created Western society will disappear

Rod Dreher, a prominent American Christian publicist, and a convert to Orthodox Christianity, spoke about his book The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation, in which he argues that American Christians should look to St. Benedict, a sixth-century monk, for ideas and guidance on how to reverse the spiritual crisis in the country today. Mr. Dreher then participated in a panel discussion on the topic.

Among other things, he claims that the spiritual ‘earthquake’ facing the West today has become too drastic to ignore or reverse easily. Citing data, he warns that if Christians don’t take radical action immediately, the Christian faith that salvaged and created Western society will disappear.

According to Mr. Dreher, thinking that we can change our hedonistic and materialistic world before changing ourselves is delusion, dangerous delusion. The world has become too strong to change from the outside, to allow us to think that we can be fully integrated without becoming fully assimilated.

And while he does not support heading for the hills Mr Dreher believes that the only option for stopping this downward spiritual spiral is to create communities, strategically separated from the world, in order to nurture Christian faith, prayer, memory, culture and community.

Today, he says, echoing many Christian thinkers and theologians of today, it is more important to “strengthen churches, start schools and build up the local community than to shore up the Imperium.”

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