Monday, March 13, 2006

A more palatable conservative

The New York Times takes a look at a new book by Rod Dreher which reveals that not all conservatives are as into to the Wal-Mart/Fox News lifestyle as one might have thought (source). "Crunchy Cons" eschew modernity in the way hippies do, but with their conservative social views they're better pegged as right-wing hippies:

Dreher's greatest passion is the devotional approach to eating and food that he considers essential to the crunchy-con way. After he spelled out his principles in a National Review Online article called "Birkenstocked Burkeans," Dreher writes, he was deluged with responses like, "We thought we were the only evangelical Christians in the world with a copy of 'The Moosewood Cookbook.' " He introduces several evangelicals who say they are organic farmers "because we're Christians." And he raves about the European Slow Food movement and about "The Supper of the Lamb," a classic 1967 cookbook and devotional by an Episcopal priest, Robert Farrar Capon.


At 10:16 PM, Anonymous Rebecca said...

One of the things I found most fascinating about him was mentioned in this article from NPR

It says that he and his wife have joined a Lebanese Maronite Church.

"We couldn't take the smarmy, white-bread, middle-class American masses at the Roman-rite parishes around us, where the liturgies were washed out and banal, and the moral and theological grandeur of the historical Christian faith was discarded in favor of a piety that demanded no more of you than that you feel good about yourself. This was a form of Catholic Christianity that demanded more from us, and because of that, it was more rewarding."


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