The Erasmus Option

Gregory Wolfe, Image Journal

  • Date Mar 16, 2018
  • Venue Warner Memorial Library
    Eastern University
    1300 Eagle Road
    Saint Davids, PA 19087

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.