By TylerR Mar 15 2017 Christian LifeCripplegate.com: Rod Dreher’s book The Benedict Option has gained a foothold in the minds of many . . . I will explain what the BenOpt is and will try to explain why the BenOpt has gained so much attention over the past few weeks. 1281 reads There are 2 Comments Mohler Interviews Dreher TylerR - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 10:13am The Benedict Option: A Conversation with Rod Dreher Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist? A few misunderstandings, I think Bert Perry - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 11:01am The author is incorrect that the Catholics went wrong at the Reformation, as an inescapable part of the monastic tradition is unease with the excesses of Rome, and that goes back into the Dark Ages. Luther would correct this misconception as well. He knew from brutal experience that the corruption of Rome predated 1517. In the same way, Benedictine monasticism, which brought Christianity to the Karolingian empire (along with others), was anything but a strategic retreat. It was a strategic advance where caves and monasteries served not as refuges, but rather as bases for action. You separate from the worst of the worldliness out there, but then make huge advances. Read Bede for a lot of details of this order. Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.