The Erasmus Option
Gregory Wolfe, Image Journal
Throughout history, Christians have struggled over how best to bear witness to their faith in relationship to the culture in which they live. In the face of growing secularism and the legal and political battles that have challenged Christian principles, some have called for “The Benedict Option,” or a strategic withdrawal from cultural and political engagement. But there is another approach: that of Christian humanism, exemplified by the great Renaissance writer Erasmus. “The Erasmus Option” draws on the Christian humanist belief in the importance of imagination and rhetoric—which generate literature and art—to move beyond confrontation toward a witness that emphasizes beauty and the attractiveness of faith.