Reading Rod Dreher's The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation.
The issue that makes him give up on the world -- even more than consumerism, materialism, or abortion -- is the gay agenda. This includes normalizing transgender people. Also porn.
I appreciate that there are always challenges to living a fully committed Christian life, as Benedictine monks try to do. And even for serious lay Christians, the world is full of challenges. But I just don't see coexisting with gay people as the same as the Dark Ages.
Probing a bit deeper, I appreciated Dreher's praise of marriage and marriage-supporting communities. I was therefore surprised that he entirely skirted the vexed issue of patriarchy, male headship, complementarity, or even any discussion of gender roles in the one-man, one-woman family.
I think if he is going to sell people on a benedictine withdrawal into little Christian communities, he needs to settle whether that includes giving up on gender equality.