Contra Dreher on Isker and “The Boniface Option”

“I can’t emphasize this enough: The Boniface Option is a book for angry young men who enjoy being angry, young, and male.”

Rod Dreher
Dreher Column Reviewing Isker’s “Boniface Option”

On the other hand you can buy Dreher’s estrogen dripping books and find your male friends and give group hugs.

” if Prudence is the Queen of the Virtues, then Andrew Isker is a mouth-frothing Jacobin.”

Rod Dreher

Moaning about Rev. Andrew Isker‘s book “Boniface Option.”

Yeah… I’m sure that is the same exact thing they said about Jesus the evening after He kicked Banker tush in the Temple.

” To be bluntly personal, I once believed that divorce could not happen to people like my wife and me, both devout conservative Christians. Yet it did, and not because either of us were unfaithful to our vows. “

Rod Dreher
Dreher Column Reviewing Isker’s “Boniface Option”

I’m speechless.

Clue to Rod… the fact that you’re divorced means that at least one of you were unfaithful to your vows.

Maybe you need to go back and re-read your vows Dude?

Yet it is striking how over and over, Isker exhorts his readers to cultivate hate. Literally, he does this. “The need of the hour is to teach especially Christians to hate the fake and gay globohomo cinematic universe,” he writes. Of the “fake and gay world,” Isker says, “in order for Christendom to return, it is a world you must learn to hate.” And: “You must teach your children to love the things you love and hate the things you hate. You must overcome your aversion to hate.””

Rod Dreher

Complaining about Rev. Andrew Isker‘s “Boniface Option.”

It is amazing to me how dumb Evangelicals are. This is another example. When we call people to hate as clergy it is always with the understanding that that hate is born of love for the opposite of whatever it is we are hating. Love and hate are not isolated realities. I hate the opposite of what I love and I love the opposite of what I hate. Apparently, Dreher is too stupid to get this simple and obvious concept and so he faults Isker for calling the men of the Reformed world to “hate what is evil and to cling to that which is good.”

By all that is holy, our platformed leadership have cow patties for brains.

Author: jetbrane

I am a Pastor of a small Church in Mid-Michigan who delights in my family, my congregation and my calling. I am postmillennial in my eschatology. Paedo-Calvinist Covenantal in my Christianity Reformed in my Soteriology Presuppositional in my apologetics Familialist in my family theology Agrarian in my regional community social order belief Christianity creates culture and so Christendom in my national social order belief Mythic-Poetic / Grammatical Historical in my Hermeneutic Pre-modern, Medieval, & Feudal before Enlightenment, modernity, & postmodern Reconstructionist / Theonomic in my Worldview One part paleo-conservative / one part micro Libertarian in my politics Systematic and Biblical theology need one another but Systematics has pride of place Some of my favorite authors, Augustine, Turretin, Calvin, Tolkien, Chesterton, Nock, Tozer, Dabney, Bavinck, Wodehouse, Rushdoony, Bahnsen, Schaeffer, C. Van Til, H. Van Til, G. H. Clark, C. Dawson, H. Berman, R. Nash, C. G. Singer, R. Kipling, G. North, J. Edwards, S. Foote, F. Hayek, O. Guiness, J. Witte, M. Rothbard, Clyde Wilson, Mencken, Lasch, Postman, Gatto, T. Boston, Thomas Brooks, Terry Brooks, C. Hodge, J. Calhoun, Llyod-Jones, T. Sowell, A. McClaren, M. Muggeridge, C. F. H. Henry, F. Swarz, M. Henry, G. Marten, P. Schaff, T. S. Elliott, K. Van Hoozer, K. Gentry, etc. My passion is to write in such a way that the Lord Christ might be pleased. It is my hope that people will be challenged to reconsider what are considered the givens of the current culture. Your biggest help to me dear reader will be to often remind me that God is Sovereign and that all that is, is because it pleases him.

5 thoughts on “Contra Dreher on Isker and “The Boniface Option””

  1. Playing with hateful feelings IS a delicate art, and a Christian should not indulge in it in a too cavalier manner. It is like dealing with explosives.

    But when Christians do get “hateful”, it can easily frighten the world. Friedrich Nietzsche was of the opinion that the Book of Revelation was the greatest outburst of hatred in the history of world literature.

  2. I saw Boniface on some podcasts, but wasn’t interested in learning more, so I am glad you provided an idea of it.

    I think Dreher is an Eastern Orthodox now, after years of being an evangelical.

    Interesting that I was excited by the Boniface excerpts you posted. What’s confusing, or illuminating to me is that the reasonable evangelicals say don’t hate the sinner, yet those quotes are clearly hating the sin, and it’s still critiqued. Ned Flander’s Christianity I guess – the second commandment must be to always be positive; to lament or to be angry is a sign of a lack of faith and not trusting that God is good and powerful.

    I wasn’t interested because I think, upon reflection, a lot of energy was wasted by believers in the 90s and 00s by the focus on reading everyone’s books. It was part of the approved lifestyle but the primary fruit was complacency. I sampled James Dobson’s family radio show recently and see he still lives that way: Every guest is an author.

  3. Thanks for posting this. I have been struggling with the idea of hating the reprobates for the destruction they have done and continue to do. I hate what I see taking place in our country and I am regularly angry with the slimy pols who watch the criminals and do nothing. For 40 years I have listened to pious believers saying that instead of being angry with reprobates I should pray that they get saved. I got tired of that and about 5 years ago I began praying that God will take them out. Sometimes I feel guilty for praying that way, but I continue to do that anyway. I hate the way they murdered millions with Covid lies, millions more with Ukraine lies, and they appear to be planning newer and more deadly mayhem which will murder even more, but none of those in positions of authority seem concerned. I plan to buy Isker’s book and look into this. It is on Amazon. Thank you!

  4. The “no fault divorce” mindset is totally blind. When EZ divorce is on the table, no one has to yield up their selfishness to the cross. Vows be damned, we can imagine and entertain what life would be like without our spouse. One is tempted and led astray by these meditations “of a better life” separately. Marriage is bondage. It is chains. Romans 7:2, look it up. EZ divorce is NOT an option.

    13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
    14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
    15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

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