Christians and Culture

The Benedict Option: A Necessary Preface

Posted: Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

by Jefrey D. Breshears

In the course of reading reviews and listening to comments over the past couple of months regarding Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option, it has occurred to me that some kind of Preface needs to precede any kind of thoughtful and focused discussion of the book. In particular, there are three basic questions that should to be addressed in order to clearly understand Dreher’s thesis and his seminal arguments. Unless there is a consensus agreement on these issues, any discussion and debate on the relative merits of the book are probably futile.

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The Origins of Cultural Marxism and Political Correctness (Part 2)

Posted: Friday, April 14th, 2017

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The Frankfurt School, The Founding Agenda

In 1923 Felix Weil organized a week-long symposium, chaired by the aforementioned Georg Lukacs, in Frankfurt, Germany in which they laid out a vision for a Marxist think-tank and research center. Ironically, like Friedrich Engels (Karl Marx’s longtime collaborator and benefactor), Weil was the son of a wealthy capitalist, but he had converted to Marxism as a Ph.D. student while studying under the political philosopher Karl Korsch at the University of Frankfurt. Following the conference, Weil secured the financing to erect a building and fund the salaries for an institute that would have the academic status of a university. The original name for the center was the Institute for Marxism (Institut fur Marxismus), but for public relations purposes the directors decided to give it a more generic name, The Institute for Social Research (Institut fur Sozialforschung). Since then, the ISR has usually been known simply as “the Frankfurt School.”

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The Origins of Cultural Marxism and Political Correctness (Part 1)

Posted: Friday, April 14th, 2017

In his book on the American Civil Liberties Union, Alan Sears of the Alliance Defending Freedom writes that one of the great myths of the 20th century is that the ACLU started out as a good, patriotic, pro-liberty organization that unfortunately strayed off-course. The truth, however, is that when we look at its history the evidence shows something quite different. From the beginning, the ACLU had a subversive agenda: to undermine the foundations of traditional American culture through the manipulation and exploitation of our legal system.

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