Summer 2018 | Volume 36, Issue 2
In this issue of Comment, we gathered voices that do two things: (1) diagnose and describe the causes and effects of the social epidemic of loneliness and (2) share signs of hope, stories of communities and people who are piercing the buffer. People are hungering for some sign that they are known. In today's society we are not alone in being lonely—not that that makes us any less lonely. The culmination of history, as Christians confess it, is an unending feast, with a seat for everyone. Surely in the meantime, the body of Christ has something to say—something to show, something to do —for those who feel excluded, ostracized, forgotten.
Editorial: Not Meant to Be Alone
Social isolation is a quiet epidemic in affluent Western societies. What’s happening? What can be done?
An annotated reading of your world.
Updates from Cardus on the renewal of social architecture.
On a celibate breakup and what happened after.
The Fellowship of the King
A social church for a lonely world.
Single Beds Were Made for One
Social isolation starts in families—thankfully it can end there too.
Isolation and the Prospects for Democracy: The Challenge for the Alienated
Does pluralism have an answer to our social estrangement?
Life on a Line: Human Movement Through Urban Space and Time
Our lives could be recorded as a continuous line representing movement in space from conception to dissolution. What would such a line tell us?
Why Do the Young Men Rage?
When young men feel like outsiders, they are more drawn to violent ideologies that validate their experiences.
Single and Dying to Self
Relationships are messy, but the messiness contains a sanctifying purpose.
Social Isolation Symposium: Stories of hope and of heartbreak
The Summer 2018 issue focuses on a unique problem plaguing our society: social isolation. We asked you - our readers - to contribute short stories of heartbreak and hope to help illuminate social isolation in all corners of society. Here are your stories.