In the months leading up to its March 14 release and since, Rod Dreher’s book The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation has attracted considerable attention. The book takes its title from the reference to Benedict of Nursia (author of the Benedictine Rule about AD 540, and thereby “founder of Western monasticism”) in the rather somber conclusion to Alisdair MacIntyre’s famous (for an academic book) After Virtue, originally written in 1980 (quotation from the third edition, p. 263):
Williams has his reservations about the book’s thesis, but credits it with raising “helpfully tough questions to a socially liberal majority, as well as to believers of a more traditional colour.” The beauty of a good book review is it allows you to begin evaluating the thesis of a book before you’ve had time to read it all. Read in tandem, Williams’ review and Dreher’s post in response provide as good a point of entry into Dreher’s work as I suspect one will find.
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