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church and state

liberalism | Thomas Jefferson | Catholicism | Church and State | Benedict Option

Liberalism’s Faith

On Maggie Nelson, the free exchange of ideas that fundamentalists fear, and the faith that must ground any tenable liberalism

November 11, 2021

Benedict Option | Benedictines | Buddhism | conservatism | monastics | Rod Dreher | Spirituality

Visiting a Fellow Human at the Benedictine Monastery

Nearly 15 years ago I watched a line of young men file out of a Buddhist temple near the sacred Chinese mountain of Putuo. Then, as now, I had a naive belief in the power of spiritual exercises, if not the spirits to which they are often dedicated. M...

September 7, 2017

Benedict Option | Bruderhof | Eberhard Arnold | intentional communities | Plough Quarterly | Stanley Hauerwas | William Willimon

Alien Citizens

NOT BREAKING NEWS! Overdosed on “Breaking News,” which in the case of religion usually means news of clerical sex scandals, parochial embezzlements, or stories of some Evangelicals acting unevangelically, Sightings sometimes likes to train its sights...

March 6, 2017

Alasdair MacIntyre | Benedict Option | Benedictines | Rod Dreher | Stanley Hauerwas

Benedict, Not Benedictine

Editor's note: Last Thursday's piece by Rachel Fulton Brown provoked a great deal of discussion. Some of those who have written to express their consternation have urged Sightings to "disavow" the piece and remove it from the Marty Center's "platform...

February 20, 2017

culture wars | David Brooks | Benedict Option | Christian conservatives | fundamentalism

Culture Wars About Culture Wars

“The Next Culture War,” a New York Times op-ed (June 30) by David Brooks, set off one of the high-level debates of this summer, and will be in the news for some time to come.   Brooks models a civil approach to controversy in his Friday night, on-c...

July 20, 2015