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The Benedict Option

How should Christians respond to a faith in the margins? Is there a middle path, between those who call for a complete separation and rejection of the world in which we live and those who rationalize and accommodate the world to preserve comfort and privilege?

In a radical new vision for Christianity, Rod Dreher issues a manifesto and clarion call for American Christians to consider how the practices of an ancient Christian way of life—the Benedictine way initiated by sixth-century monk, St. Benedict of Nursia—can be applied and lived out within today's Church.

The Benedict Option offers not only a critique of modern culture from an orthodox Christian perspective, but more importantly, it also extends an invitation for modern lay Christians from every church and confession to embrace and develop communities like those governed by Benedict's Rule—communities rooted in a shared sense of orthodoxy and orthopraxy, blending countercultural biblical faithfulness with a world-engaging, Christ-exalting vision.

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