Reformed Theology Let's talk about the Benedict Option  Calvinism

Let’s talk about the Benedict Option

Reformed Theology Let's talk about the Benedict Option  Calvinism
Let’s talk about the Benedict Option

As some of you know, Rod Derher's book outlining the Benedict Option comes out soon. And, well, it's been receiving a lot of criticism. For instance, today, James K.A. Smith wrote this article in the Washington Post which took some pot shots at Derher and the general alarmist tone of both Dreher's book and other similar books. Well, Derher shot back at Smith here and Smith has shot back from Twitter.

Our beloved Rachel Held Evans also attempted to take some pot shots at Dreher about the Benedict Option on Twitter, so Dreher shot back here and it was revealed that Rachel Held Evans has not even read the book.

This topic has created plenty of discussion on what to do with the secularization of America. Trueman has endorsed Catholic Archbishop Chaput’s new book, which addresses the situation from primarily a Catholic perspective but Trueman argues it is still applicable to us Protestants. Anthony Esolen’s “Out of the Ashes” is another. Here a review about that book. Not to mention R.R. Reno's “Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society” that came out last year. So it seems we have plenty of competing ideas about how we should respond to the growing secularism of society.

So /r/reformed, what do we think about all of this? The more I read about all this, the more confused I feel so I would love some input on this topic.

As some of you know, Rod Derher's book outlining the Benedict Option comes out soon. And, well, it's been receiving a lot of criticism. For instance, today, James K.A. Smith wrote this article in the Washington Post which took some pot shots at Derher and the general alarmist tone of both Dreher's book and other similar books. Well, Derher shot back at Smith here and Smith has shot back from Twitter.

Our beloved Rachel Held Evans also attempted to take some pot shots at Dreher about the Benedict Option on Twitter, so Dreher shot back here and it was revealed that Rachel Held Evans has not even read the book.

This topic has created plenty of discussion on what to do with the secularization of America. Trueman has endorsed Catholic Archbishop Chaput’s new book, which addresses the situation from primarily a Catholic perspective but Trueman argues it is still applicable to us Protestants. Anthony Esolen’s “Out of the Ashes” is another. Here a review about that book. Not to mention R.R. Reno's “Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society” that came out last year. So it seems we have plenty of competing ideas about how we should respond to the growing secularism of society.

So /r/reformed, what do we think about all of this? The more I read about all this, the more confused I feel so I would love some input on this topic.

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Submitted March 10, 2017 at 01:24PM by mattb93