The “Benedict Option” 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. Put less grandly, the Benedict Option — or “Ben Op” — is an umbrella term for Christians who accept MacIntyre’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…we live in a culture of moral chaos and fragmentation, in which many questions are simply impossible to settle… our contemporary world is a dark wood… finding our way back to the straight path will require establishing new forms of community that have as their ends a life of virtue.
We live in a time that has seen unprecedented technological change. But are we developling morally and spiritually at the same pace as we are technologically? Or are we devolving? If it’s the latter what are people concerned with spirituality and living the good life to do?
- The quote above comes from the following article, which we mention in the podcast: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/benedict-option-faq/
- Click here for a copy of the Benedictine Rule: http://www.osb.org/rb/text/toc.html