A new book says the only option for the faith, this author is a Catholic but probably it applies to others, is to withdraw into some level of isolation. It is called the Benedict Option.
The author points out that the faith is walking around asleep. Young people are leaving the church. Because one can still see churches standing everywhere it looks like things are going OK. In another generation, he says, the fate of the church will be more apparent.
The Benedict Option, named after a previous Benedict, is for Christians to withdraw from many aspects of society and remain a small but more dedicated minority. In this way, the author says, the faith will not be watered down. Currently popular among young people, the author notes, is the mistaken view, “All I have to do is love Jesus.”
So, how would Christians withdraw from the culture and how would they be stop being influenced by it? In an interview, the author laments that parents teach their small children to use smart phones. He notes correctly that the internet is influencing trends in religion.
Does anyone believe parents will limit their children’s ability to compete with other children in school by limiting use of smart phones and computers?
The Benedict option is no longer available. With technology, there is no place to hide. Society’s norms will come and find you.
Christian leaders in Europe did not come up with successful options. There are not options here either.