"There is always a philosophy for lack of courage."—Albert Camus

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Bruce Frohnen on why the Benedict Option isn't an option

The constitutional law scholar and lawyer explains why he thinks that the Benedict Option is doomed to failure:
Leaders of this society will not leave Christians alone if we simply surrender the public square to them. And they will deny they are persecuting anyone for simply applying the law to revoke tax exemptions, force the hiring of nonbelievers, and even jail those who fail to abide by laws they consider eminently reasonable, fair, and just. More is demanded of us than mere quiet. We are being commanded to celebrate what Saint John Paul the Great so rightly termed a Culture of Death. This culture denies God. It treats children as disposable, marriage as a mere public expression of current emotional attachments, and faith as meanings we posit for ourselves. It cannot long abide those whose very existence testifies to the shallow, self-involved, and fundamentally empty nature of its false vision of reality.
As the saying goes, read it all: There is No Benedict Option.

2 comments:

Tom Van Dyke said...

“The evangelization of culture is all the more important in our times, when a a ‘dictatorship of relativism’ threatens to obscure the unchanging truth about man’s nature, his destiny and his ultimate good.”--Benedict XVI

Hell, these days a boy can even be a girl or even some sort of it, and if you deny it, you're in big trouble with the law.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2016/05/17/you-can-be-fined-for-not-calling-people-ze-or-hir-if-thats-the-pronoun-they-demand-that-you-use/

Tim Kowal said...

Dreher calls it a "strategic retreat," and that does need to happen. The forces of the world will not abide the federal government being used by a "moral majority" again. We need a bilateral retreat from the federal government as an agent of culture war.