The Areopagus Update – Oct/Nov 2017 Newsletter

Posted: Monday, October 9th, 2017


“Why a Reformation Was Necessary Then… and Now

by Jefrey D. Breshears

I returned a week ago from our Areopagus-sponsored Reformation History Tour. As anticipated, it was an inspiring experience as we visited many of the key sites associated with this momentous period in Christian history – Wittenberg, Worms, Geneva, Zurich, Canterbury, Oxford and Cambridge universities, Edinburgh and St. Andrews, and many others where committed Christians worked so passionately and fearlessly to restore their vision of New Testament Christianity despite great opposition from the established church of their day.

Being there, it not only expanded and enriched my historical consciousness of this transformative era but further emphasized just how informed, how equipped, and how engaged we need to be regarding the great challenges facing us currently in America.

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The Areopagus Update – Aug/Sept 2017 Newsletter

Posted: Thursday, September 7th, 2017


“The Benedict Option” A Necessary Preface

by Jefrey D. Breshears

Our Areopagus Dinner & Dialogue series this summer focused on Rod Dreher’s new book, The Benedict Option. Dreher is a writer and senior editor at The American Conservative blogsite, and The Benedict Option is one of the most relevant and important Christian books in recent years. Not only has the book sparked considerable interest, but also considerable controversy. In the course of reading reviews and listening to comments over the past several months related to The Benedict Option, it occurred to me that some kind of Preface needed to precede any  thoughtful and focused discussion of the book.

In particular, there are three basic questions that should 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 fruitless and futile. The following is a condensed version of my article, “The Benedict Option: A Necessary Preface” that I distributed to the class and is now posted on our website at

1. Is American culture getting better or worse? Since cultural deterioration is a fundamental assumption of Dreher’s book, this is an issue on which readers should be clear. For most traditional Christians, the answer to this question would appear to be an obvious “no-brainer.”  The massive expansion of the welfare state over the past 50 years along with dramatic increases in crime, drug abuse, civil unrest and disrespect for authority, pornography, sex trafficking, abortion, divorce, the illegitimate  birthrate, cohabitation, homosexuality, the pervasive promotion of moral decadence in mainstream entertainment, and declining standards in most every area of civic and cultural life should be sufficient to convince all but the most unobservant that America is in a perilous state.

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“The Areopagus Update” Newsletter for May/June 2017

Posted: Tuesday, May 9th, 2017


One of the most anticipated books in recent years was released a couple of weeks ago: Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation (Sentinel Press, 2017). This is a book that some regard as the most important Christian book of the decade, if not in several decades. As sobering and unsettling as it is inspiring, The Benedict Option is a clarion call for Christians to awaken from their cultural slumber. According to Dreher, a Bible- centered Orthodox Christian traditionalist and an astute social critic, we are not losing the culture war in America. We lost. Furthermore, there is no reason to believe that things will improve – barring some totally unprecedented revival that dramatically alters the spiritual, moral and cultural landscape of America. What this portends for the future are not only the greatest challenges that American Christians have ever faced, but great opportunities as well.

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“The Areopagus Update” for Mar/Apr 2017

Posted: Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

With the election of Donald Trump last November, America is more polarized than at any time in our history since the Civil War. Of course the same would be true had Hillary Clinton won the election, except that we would not have witnessed such hysterical overreactions by media, academic and Hollywood elites nor all the ensuing street riots and civil disorder for the simple reason that only the left engages in such tactics. Also, conservatives don’t have radical multi-billionaire puppet-masters such as George Soros orchestrating chaos from behind the scenes. But otherwise, America would be just as divided as it currently is. As unsettling as it may be, the unfortunate but undeniable reality is that there are essentially two incompatible cultures currently cohabitating in America.

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“The Areopagus Update” for Jan/Feb 2017 is now available

Posted: Friday, December 30th, 2016

areop-update-jan-2017-thumbThe Protestant Reformation was one of the most significant events in Christian history as well as one of the great transitional eras in Western civilization. As the historian Rudolph Heinze has written, “The changes that occurred were so radical that a medieval Rip van Winkle who went to sleep in 1350 and woke up in 1650 would not recognize the world as the same one in which he was born.” Running concurrent with the Reformation was the emergence in Europe of powerful new nation-states along with radical new political ideas that emphasized civil liberties, religious tolerance, the separation of church and state, and the end to royal absolutism. This was also the “Age of Discovery” in which a whole new part of the world was opened up for exploration and colonization as well as the beginning of the “Scientific Revolution” that would forever alter the mindset of Western societies.

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October 2016 Edition of “The Areopagus Update”

Posted: Friday, October 14th, 2016

Our bimonthly newsletter “The Areopagus Update” is now available for October 2016!

The Most Important Election of our Lifetime

areopagus-update-oct-2016-thumbIn just a few weeks our nation will select a man or woman who will become the 45th president of the United States of America. Whomever we elect will take the helm of a nation that has grown increasingly hostile and intolerant of the very foundation and principles upon which it was so nobly founded – the Christian faith and Biblical values.

That’s why I believe this election is the most significant since Abraham Lincoln was chosen to guide a divided country through a bloody and protracted civil war.

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“The Areopagus Update” for Aug/Sept 2016

Posted: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

The Upcoming Presidential Election: What’s At Stake


Only the most ignorant, naive, or hopelessly partisan Americans would consider either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton to be an ideal candidate for president of the United States. Both are seriously flawed in terms of their character and their temperament. So why support either one of them? Very simply, there are several factors to consider.

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“The Areopagus Update” for March/April 2016

Posted: Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Areopagus-Update-March-April-2016-thumbFor the past twelve years the Areopagus website has kept people informed regarding our upcoming seminars and forums, along with our Statement of Beliefs and Mission Statement, general information on our ministry, our history and our board members, and various archived articles and newsletters.

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Aug/Sept Edition of “The Areopagus Update”

Posted: Monday, July 27th, 2015

Why Young Adults are Leaving the Church

The Areopagus Update for May/June 2015In an article entitled “Why College Students Are Really Leaving the Church,” Klinton Silvey, a young Christian apologist and the founder of Life-in-Progress Ministries, makes several points that should be taken seriously. You’ve probably read articles on why most Millennials drop out of church after high school, and the reasons typically range from “They were never really saved in the first place” or “They don’t understand the importance of Christian fellowship: to “We need to make church more relevant or interesting for youth” (which often means, “We need to make church more exciting and fun”).

While there may be some truth in each of these reasons, they miss the two most formidable challenges facing young Christians today: the moral climate in our universities (and in our culture in general), and the intellectual challenges they will face after high school.

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May/June Edition of “The Areopagus Update”

Posted: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

The Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

The Areopagus Update for May/June 2015A suggestion: If you’ve never read Richard Foster’s modern classic, Celebration of Discipline, or conscientiously sought to incorporate the traditional spiritual disciplines into your lifestyle, dedicate this summer to exploring the rich heritage of contemplative Christian spirituality

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