We Need a Christ-Exalting, City-Embracing Benedict Option

Dan Olson | June 8, 2015


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“This time, however, the barbarians are not waiting beyond the frontiers; they have already been governing us for quite some time. And it is our lack of consciousness of this that constitutes part of our predicament. We are waiting not for a Godot, but for another—doubtless quite different—St. Benedict.”  Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue

The eclipse of biblical Christianity in the West is everywhere around us. Growing majorities—especially in our nation’s cities—now find many behaviors the Bible calls sin morally acceptable.

Reminiscent of the fall of Rome in the fourth century, many Christian leaders are coming to see that these disorienting times require radical measures to re-center the church. Enter: the Benedict Option.

The Benedict Option is named for Benedict of Nursia, a 4th century monk who launched a monastic movement that preserved Western civilization. Today, writers like Rod Dreher enjoin Christian​s​ to take similar steps to “develop communities based on a shared sense of orthodoxy (right belief) and orthopraxy (right practice), for the sake of forming ourselves and the next generation in the Christian faith.”

Christ-Exalting, City-Embracing

The New York Times columnist Ross Douthat has called Redeemer Presbyterian Church…


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