1. Exactly.

    I get the feeling that many on the neo-Reactionary/alternative Right see “Christianity” as an organ for public morality or as a social outlet for like-minded people. There is also the phenomenon of the “2-hour a week” Christian.

    Neo(Trad)Caths and Orthodox who wring their hands over “baptizing the culture” or whatever miss the point, I think. The point is not to make a “Christian” culture, but to make Christians (no scare quotes), period.

    And what is a Christian? Ultimately, it is someone who desires communion with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit forever more. This drive is stronger than reason itself.

    My practice has gone cold (and I have done shameful, immoral things I would not have even considered when I was younger in the Faith)over the last few years for the simple reason that I didn’t love God enough to pursue him to the fullest extent of my being. I didn’t have a major crisis of faith nor did I find some devastating atheistic argument. I fully believe lack of faith or hatred of God comes first, then people rationalize their decisions.

    Yet I still try AT LEAST to be a “2-hour a week” Christian because I still have enough faith that God is striving for me.

    Pray for me.

  2. From the earlier post of yours about Rod Dreher (sp) “A more thorough reflection on the role of true asceticism in the battle to preserve Christian culture, to say nothing of the need to condemn both modern materialism and consumptive excess as perverse outgrowths of economic liberalism, has yet to happen.” You seem to be making the assumption that pre- modern materialism and consumptive excesses were the result of something else. Perhaps fallen human nature fits the bill then and know. I would agree that the success of modern economic liberalism in the latter half of the 20th century allowed the middle class to attain to a greater degree of what had been historically the materialism and consumptive excesses of the upper classes. But I think since the late 80’s we’ve seen a stagnation and now shrinkage of the % of societal wealth of the middle class while the top 1% is regaining its historic grip on wealth.

  3. If someone can explain why Dreher’s Benedict Option is anything more than Galt’s Gulch with a church, please do so. And no doubt Galt’s Gulch had a church anyway.

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