Should American Christians Try the Benedictine Option?

If the spiritual crisis in America is to be thwarted, Christians must strategically withdraw from politics and form communities patterned after St. Benedict, a monk born in 480 A.D., says Rod Dreher, author of The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation.

The "Benedict Option" is Dreher's prescription for the preservation and renewal of the Christian faith in a contemporary society that — including churches and groups that promote distortions of the Gospel — stands fiercely at odds with Orthodox Christianity's core tenets. This requires a deliberate, intentional separation from the culture for a time and to do this, Dreher draws upon the wisdom and life of Benedict of Nursia, who is considered the founder of Western monasticism.