I’ve discussed here before the recent book, The Benedict Option, by Rod Dreher. Dreher has become a celebrity writer speaking at such power spots as the National Press Club. A national columnist calls it the most important book on religion is recent decades
The link explains some of his thinking. He studied a prominent figure from back in time named Benedict. (Not the recent Pope) That Benedict lived during a similar time when the culture was bombarding church. His theory was that to preserve what was left of the faith the faithful needed to isolate themselves from the culture. This preserved faith would then reemerge when times changed again. Without this preservation there would be no faith to return to.
Author Dreher has concluded the faith’s so called culture wars, wars against gay equality, abortion and atheism have been lost. The most productive thing is not to continue a lost cause but to preserve the faith as it stands now.
We know monasteries were the answer in other times. Isolation and study tried to preserved the faith.
Today, Dreher does not see that happening. Instead he longs for small communities, even within big cities, where the faithful live next to each other and attend a church in their midst. He personally wants to live in such a place where he is accepted.
Say what you will about Dreher’s book and ideas, he is doing what needs to be done. Someone in the faith needs to find a way to deal with change. Few are doing anything.