Rod Dreher Quotes from The Atlantic.

Book Reviews, Christianity

RD has long been one of my inspirations and straddles the line between John Piper’s Reformed Theology and Jim Wallis’ Religious Progessivism. Below is a quote from The Atlantic book review for The Bendict Option.

Christians live in poverty and seclusion. “We’re not called to be monks. Monks are called to be monks,” he told me in an interview. “What we have to do is have a limited retreat from the world … into our own institutions and communities.” While some might see this as a means of running away from culture, Dreher argued that the Benedict option is not about bunkering down and waiting for the end times. It’s about “building ourselves up spiritually,” he said, “so we can go out in the world and be who Christ asked us to be.”

The first step, he says, is to recognize that “politics will not save us.” While many Christians have sought defenders and champions in the Republican Party, including Trump, Dreher is skeptical of this model. “Neither party’s program is fully consistent with Christian truth,” he argues.

Rod Dreher » Ignoring Ron Paul.

The heart and soul of Conservatism is libertarianism.

As a matter of theory, and as a matter of historical fact, that is not true. Modern conservatism is “fusionism,” a practical compromise between libertarianism and (more or less) traditionalism. Pure libertarians and pure traditionalists are always ticked off at the GOP for not being “conservative” enough, by which they mean libertarian enough, or traditionalist enough, depending on their point of view. The one thing both sides dislike, or say they dislike, is statism. But even then it’s a selective dislike.