The Benedict Option I. Annotation Analysis

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Mahmud 1
Sharoze Mahmud
AP Lang and Comp
March 17th, 2016

Columnist Assignment: David Brooks, The New York Times Article 1: The Benedict Option I. Annotation Author's
Purpose: This is a critical review of the ideas expressed in Rod 'Dreher's book, The Benedict
Option. Dreher sees the cultural wars over new realities (such as LGBT) as a threat to Christian faith, and suggests the option of St. Benedict (sixth-century monk) during the fall of the
Roman empire, i.e. withdraw from the mainstream and establish religious
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Emotionally Charge Diction: True, pariahs, spear at our throats, threatening, fears, dark age, death of christianity, rights, liberty, narrowness, prejudice and moral, etc. Syntactical Features: Parallelism (the purist and the ironist. Purist; ... in this one. In this world..., liberty versus equality; justice versus mercy, tolerance versus order, etc.); antithesis (pre- emptively surrendering when in fact some practical accommodation is entirely possible; The right response to the moment is not the Benedict Option, it is Orthodox Pluralism, etc.), etc. 2.
Rhetorical Precis & Personal Response a) Rhetorical Precis In his article, The Benedict Option,
Brooks (2017) refutes the Rod Dreher's argument — in his book, The Benedict Option —that the sexual realities of LGBT herald the final death of Christianity, and instead argues: "Rod is pre- emptively surrendering when in fact some practical accommodation is entirely possible". The author uses various techniques to get his point across. He starts by presenting the difference between purist and ironist faith personalities (and including importantly `secular purists'), with the aim of establishing the foundation for his argument that Rod Dreher's suggested solution is
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"American culture has tolerated slavery, sexual brutalism and the vermeil.. of the
Native Americans.
Emotion, synactical features, rheorical precis at the end.
Personal Response:
1. I have come to agree with Brook on his views of Christianity. Their is no need for sects of christianity to be segregated. The LGBT community will stay to itself and has shown no
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