What sort of faith will sustain us in a post-Christian culture? What shape must our lives take to resist assimilation to the values, morals, and beliefs in American culture that are contrary to the gospel? Rod Dreher proposes the "Benedict Option" as a model for constructing local forms of community, ones that build stronger bonds to each other, to Scripture, and to the Christian tradition. This strengthening of Christian culture will be done largely through disciplined practices -- individually, in intentional households, and in the local church. In order to build communities able to withstand the pressures to come, Christians should learn from St. Benedict how to be a countercultural, creative minority.
Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative magazine and a writer who focuses on religion and culture. He is author most recently of "How Dante Can Save Your Life," and co-author, with actor Wendell Pierce, of a Katrina memoir, "The Wind in the Reeds." His other books are "The Little Way of Ruthie Leming" (2013) and "Crunchy Cons" (2006). He is now working on a book about the Benedict Option, his name for an approach to Christian living in post-Christianity. Dreher, an Orthodox Christian, lives in St. Francisville, Louisiana, with his wife and children.