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Making Home

Jake Meador has a great little essay on the need to avoid creating retreats by creating homes, and he points to Francis Schaeffer as a model. Give it a read. On this note, I would also add that “intentional community” had better include an intention to be morally upright, kind to others, and faithful to God […]

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Benedictine or Muscovite?

Just after our post on The Benedict Option yesterday, Noah Millman posted a friendly, but nevertheless formidable, critique of it over at The American Conservative. His point is quite simple– To really do what it sounds like The Benedict Option wants to do, you need a religion other than Christianity. And if The Benedict Option means […]

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What Do We Make of the Benedict Option?

Rod Dreher’s “Benedict Option” seems to be picking up more and more attention, and I expect that we will see a future book from him laying out its distinctives in more detail. Perhaps the best single summary of its features can be found in an article just put out by Damon Linker. Mr. Linker is […]

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More on Capon

Christianity Today posted a nice memorial to Robert Farrar Capon a few days ago. It included some personal material, obtained from Fr. Capon’s wife, as well as this explanation about his earlier divorce: Mrs. Capon was a bit surprised when I told her that I particularly liked Father Capon’s first book,Bed and Board: Plain Talk […]

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Mo Babies Mo Problems

This past Sunday, Ross Douthat started a truly astounding conversation about babies, decadence, and the American social conscience.  A strong but partially appreciative criticism was offered by Matthew Yglesias at Slate, and a qualifying but supportive essay was written by Samuel Goldman.  Rod Dreher has made steady commentary throughout the week, with a suggested definition […]