Tim Carney’s new book, Alienated America, is an important contribution to today’s siren around social isolation and its devastating effects. But is church, as he argues, the answer?
Maybe. But it may depend on what we mean by “church.” It may depend on how today’s sacred sector interacts with other spheres of civil society. And it may not only be about rebuilding the Church as a vehicle to connect people to one another, but also about re-thinking how exactly the Church and other civic institutions might recover their capacity to form whole people, and nurture a broader moral ecosystem en route.
It was an honor to respond to Tim’s findings. Here’s our back-and-forth at an evening conversation hosted by The Trinity Forum on February 20, 2019: