The Benedict Option Again

I’ve been rather busy these last couple of months, so I only just saw this predictably apocalyptic column from Rod Dreher that came out after the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling:

I’ve discussed the absurdity of the Benedict Option before, so I won’t rehash those arguments. Instead, I’ll focus on Dreher’s belief that these isolated “Benedict communities” will one day spring forth and take back civilization once us decadent secularists foul everything up.

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Final Thoughts on the Culture of Life (for now)

For the last week or so, I’ve tried to explain why the “culture of life” ideology is not particularly conducive to building a society that encouraging human flourishing. My basic stance is that banning contraception and/or abortion does not lead to a culture that values human life, but one that simply values giving birth for the sake of giving birth. Banning abortion does not reduce the actual rates of abortion, but merely drives it underground:

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A Critique of the Culture of Life, Part 2

Although anti-abortion rhetoric usually takes up most of the space in the “culture of life” discourse, opposition to contraception pays a key part in this ideology as well. A particular point of scorn is the so-called “contraception mentality” which is:

…rooted in a hedonistic mentality unwilling to accept responsibility in matters of sexuality, and they imply a self-centered concept of freedom, which regards procreation as an obstacle to personal fulfilment. The life which could result from a sexual encounter thus becomes an enemy to be avoided at all costs, and abortion becomes the only possible decisive response to failed contraception (from Evangelium Vitae, John Paul II).

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