Individualism's Not the Problem–Community's Not the Solution

Tuesday, 01 Jul 2008

Individualism is the problem. Community is the solution. That's what they are saying. First the philosophers, sociologists, political theorists, psychologists, and theologians were saying it. Now I hear pastors, church leaders, and impressionable young seminarians saying it. Individualism is what bedevils culture and church both; community is what will save them. Last Thanksgiving I was wholly absorbed in the sweet potato casserole on my plate when the twenty-something sitting beside me, whom I had just met and who is working on his master of divinity at a conservative Reformed seminary, threw out that increasingly ...

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