• Après son brillant essai sur le « pari bénédictin », Rod Dreher développe une réflexion aussi puissante que féconde autour du soft totalitarisme occidental. Pas d'interdiction officielle d'opinion, pas de déploiement d'un État policier, mais l'émergence insidieuse d'une tyrannie douce qui, sous l'égide d'un credo progressiste, annihile tout esprit critique et paralyse jusqu'au plus indépendant des libres penseurs. Qu'est-ce que le soft totalitarisme ? Comment l'homme moderne en vient-il à renoncer à sa liberté d'expression et aux lumières du bon sens ? Pourquoi l'Occident est-il gagné par le novlangue et la réécriture de l'histoire ?C'est en s'appuyant sur les précieux témoignages d'anciens dissidents des régimes communistes que le penseur américain répond aux interrogations de notre époque. Incisif et lucide, il place le chrétien devant le vertige des temps d'aujourd'hui et de demain et l'appelle à la foi profonde, à la résistance familiale, à la soif de la vérité, seules à même de fissurer les fantasmes d'une époque qui nous infantilise et nous noie dans les paradis artificiels.Aiguillé par l'exigence de vérité, cet essai magistral nous donne les moyens de résister au mensonge qui ronge et liquéfie l'âme.
    Né en 1967, Rod Dreher est journaliste pour le magazine The American Conservative. Il a collaboré auparavant au New York Times. Originaire d'une famille méthodiste, il se convertit au catholicisme en 1993 puis à l'orthodoxie en 2006. Son invitation à retrouver la tradition de philosophie morale aristotélicienne rencontre un puissant écho outre-Atlantique. Auteur du mémorable Comment être chrétien dans un monde qui ne l'est plus, succès de librairie aux États-Unis comme en Europe, l'auteur récidive avec Résister au mensonge, Vivre en chrétiens dissidents.

  • Préface inédite de l'auteur et introduction d'Yrieix DenisVoici un essai décisif, peu consensuel, fruit d'une intuition tenace : les chrétiens vont devoir prendre de fermes résolutions, intérieures et pratiques, pour résister aux fléaux de la modernité. En effet, comment vivre sa foi dans un monde sécularisé devenu de plus en plus hostile à l'Évangile ? Ceux qui minimisent le phénomène participent à son accélération, affirme l'auteur avec lucidité, sans regrets ni résignation. Depuis son poste d'observation, ce père de famille, chrétien fervent et journaliste renommé (The American Conservative), scrute et enquête : quelles sont les racines de la fragmentation de nos sociétés occidentales ? En quoi la sexualité et la technologie déstabilisent l'Église ? Pourquoi les sacrifices, la liturgie et la prière constituent les clés d'un réveil ?Rod Dreher perçoit l'urgence, non pas d'une nouvelle croisade, mais de la conversion des âmes, pour le bien de tous ; avec Jacques Maritain il invite à être « l'armée des étoiles jetée dans le ciel ».« [...] l'essai religieux le plus important et discuté de la décennie. »David Brooks, THE NEW YORK TIMES« Un livre étonnant [...] »Patrick J. Deneen, FIRST THINGS« Une vision perspicace et optimiste pour les chrétiens [...] »Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, THE FEDERALISTTraduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Hubert Darbon

  • THE LITTLE WAY OF RUTHIE LEMING follows Rod Dreher, a Philadelphia journalist, back to his hometown of St. Francisville, Louisiana (pop. 1,700) in the wake of his younger sister Ruthie's death. When she was diagnosed at age 40 with a virulent form of cancer in 2010, Dreher was moved by the way the community he had left behind rallied around his dying sister, a schoolteacher. He was also struck by the grace and courage with which his sister dealt with the disease that eventually took her life. In Louisiana for Ruthie's funeral in the fall of 2011, Dreher began to wonder whether the ordinary life Ruthie led in their country town was in fact a path of hidden grandeur, even spiritual greatness, concealed within the modest life of a mother and teacher. In order to explore this revelation, Dreher and his wife decided to leave Philadelphia, move home to help with family responsibilities and have their three children grow up amidst the rituals that had defined his family for five generations-Mardi Gras, L.S.U. football games, and deer hunting.
    As David Brooks poignantly described Dreher's journey homeward in a recent New York Times column, Dreher and his wife Julie "decided to accept the limitations of small-town life in exchange for the privilege of being part of a community."

  • In a radical vision for the future of Christianity, New York Times bestselling author and American Conservative columnist Rod Dreher calls on American Christians to prepare for the coming Dark Age by embracing an ancient Christian way of life.
    From the inside, American churches are hollowed out by the departure of young people and by an insipid pseudo–Christianity. From the outside, they are beset by challenges to religious liberty in a rapidly secularizing culture. Keeping Hillary Clinton out of the White House might have bought a brief reprieve from the state’s assault, but it will not stop the West’s slide into decadence and dissolution.
    Rod Dreher argues that the way forward is actu­ally the way back--all the way to St. Benedict of Nur­sia. This sixth-century monk, horrified by the moral chaos following Rome’s fall, retreated to the forest and created a new way of life for Christians. He built enduring Christian communities based on principles of order, hospitality, stability, and prayer. His spiritual centers of hope were strongholds of light throughout the Dark Ages, and saved not just Christianity but Western civilization.
    Today, a new, post–Christian barbarism reigns. Many believers are blind to it, and their churches are too weak to resist. Politics offers little help in this spiritual crisis. What is needed is the Benedict Option, a strategy that draws on the authority of Scripture and the wisdom of the ancient church. The goal: to embrace exile from mainstream culture and construct a resilient counterculture.
    This book is both manifesto and rallying cry for Christians who, if they are not to be conquered, must learn how to fight on culture war battlefields like none the West has seen for fifteen hundred years. The Benedict Option is for all mere Chris­tians--Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox--who can read the signs of the times. Neither false optimism nor fatalistic despair will do. Only faith, hope, and love, embodied in a renewed church and resilient culture, can sustain believers in the dark age that has overtaken us. These are the days for building strong arks for the long journey across a sea of night.

  • 2016 Christopher Award Winner From acclaimed actor and producer Wendell Pierce, an insightful and poignant portrait of family, New Orleans and the transforming power of art. On the morning of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina barreled into New Orleans, devastating many of the city's neighborhoods, including Pontchartrain Park, the home of Wendell Pierce's family and the first African American middle-class subdivision in New Orleans. The hurricane breached many of the city's levees, and the resulting flooding submerged Pontchartrain Park under as much as 20 feet of water. Katrina left New Orleans later that day, but for the next three days the water kept relentlessly gushing into the city, plunging eighty percent of New Orleans under water. Nearly 1,500 people were killed. Half the houses in the city had four feet of water in them--or more. There was no electricity or clean water in the city; looting and the breakdown of civil order soon followed. Tens of thousands of New Orleanians were stranded in the city, with no way out; many more evacuees were displaced, with no way back in. Pierce and his family were some of the lucky ones: They survived and were able to ride out the storm at a relative's house 70 miles away. When they were finally allowed to return, they found their family home in tatters, their neighborhood decimated. Heartbroken but resilient, Pierce vowed to help rebuild, and not just his family's home, but all of Pontchartrain Park. In this powerful and redemptive narrative, Pierce brings together the stories of his family, his city, and his history, why they are all worth saving and the critical importance art played in reuniting and revitalizing this unique American city. From the Hardcover edition.

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