How do you throw a fasting and silence party?

The New Yorker has written a profile of Rod Dreher, author of The Benedict Option, and my husband and I were interviewed as part of the article. (It was very funny overhearing the New Yorker fact checker asking Alexi to confirm he was wearing a bow-tie when we met with the author, and that the mac-and-cheese we ate could be accurately described as "artisanal.")I'm glad the profile author, Joshua Rothman, included my story about a specific BenOp-inspired event I ran: “We did an evening of job … [Read more...]

Christian Ethics: If you understand, I’m explaining wrong…

I've gone on from borrowing books from my fiancé to borrowing books from my fiancé's family, and I've just finished reading Stanley Hauerwas's Resident Aliens: A Provocative Christian Assessment of Culture and Ministry for People Who Know that Something is Wrong.  One of the passages I found most striking is Hauerwas's argument below that Christian ethics should be at least a little repulsive to non-Christians. Christian ethics, like any ethics, are "tradition dependent." That is, they make sens … [Read more...]

Give Us Bread, Roses, and Benedict Options

Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry has posted a question on his blog for people who like "the Benedict Option" and I'd like to take a crack at answering it.  PEG asks: You have two extremes on the spectrum. On the one side, you have what you might call (humorously! don’t freak out!) the “David Koresh Option”: complete sectarian withdrawal, the Barbarians are flooding the Empire, and all we can do is huddle in the ark (mixing up my metaphors over here) and wait for the flood to end. And I think everyone invol … [Read more...]