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The Benedict Option: 2017 John Woolman Lectures

February 21 @ 7:30 pm - February 22 @ 7:30 pm

The 2017 John Woolman Lectures will feature journalist, Mr. Rod Dreher, who will present on the subject of his forthcoming book, The Benedict Option. The ideas raised by Dreher have received a fair amount of attention—both favorable and critical—and we’re pleased he has accepted an invitation to visit Malone where we look forward to a lively and stimulating conversation.

Rod Dreher argues that our cultural milieu is decidedly post-Christian. Religious liberty is routinely challenged, and millennials are leaving orthodox Christianity in favor of narcissistic forms of therapeutic spirituality. Moreover, our culture’s governing institutions find traditional Christian ideals less compelling and, in some cases, an obstacle to the realization of democratic ideals. Dreher rejects the pessimism this scenario might evoke. He draws inspiration from St. Benedict of Nursia, “a sixth-century monk who turned from the chaos and decadence of the collapsing Roman Empire, and found a new way to live out the faith in community.” Dreher encourages traditional Christians–Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox–to build and live out their faith within “resilient spiritual centers” which draw from the wisdom of monastic traditions and, in turn, “find the strength not only to survive, but to thrive joyfully in the post-Christian West.” For more on the ideas under consideration, see the following link: Benedict Option.

The schedule of lectures is as follows:

Lecture One:

“Why the Benedict Option is the Benedict necessity (or, how to live in a post-Christian culture)”

Tuesday, February 21st at 7:30. Johnson Center, Room 106

Lecture Two:

“Beyond republican & democrat: for a Christian anti-politics” 

Wednesday, February 22st at 7:30. Johnson Center, Room 106

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York PostThe Dallas Morning NewsNational Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street JournalCommentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in St. Francisville, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written three books, The Little Way of Ruthie LemingCrunchy Cons, and How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom of History’s Greatest Poem (Regan Arts, 2015).

All are welcomed. No RSVP’s required.

**The Center for Christian Faith & Culture is sponsoring this lecture in partnership with the Office of the Provost. Dr. Shawn Floyd, Professor of Philosophy, organizes and directs the annual Woolman Lectures.


February 21 @ 7:30 pm
February 22 @ 7:30 pm
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Center for Christian Faith & Culture


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