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Summer 2018 | Volume 36, Issue 2

Social Isolation

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.  

10 Articles In this Issue
02
Editorial: Not Meant to Be Alone by James K.A. Smith

Social isolation is a quiet epidemic in affluent Western societies. What’s happening? What can be done?

06
World View by James K.A. Smith

An annotated reading of your world.

11
Headquarters: CRFI by Andrew Bennett

Updates from Cardus on the renewal of social architecture.

13
Love, Again by Wesley Hill

On a celibate breakup and what happened after.

22
The Fellowship of the King by Rosalyn F.T. Murphy

A social church for a lonely world.

31
Single Beds Were Made for One by Andrea Mrozek

Social isolation starts in families—thankfully it can end there too.

39
Isolation and the Prospects for Democracy: The Challenge for the Alienated by Kevin den Dulk

Does pluralism have an answer to our social estrangement?

48
Life on a Line: Human Movement Through Urban Space and Time by Milton Friesen

Our lives could be recorded as a continuous line representing movement in space from conception to dissolution. What would such a line tell us?

57
Why Do the Young Men Rage? by Matthew Loftus

When young men feel like outsiders, they are more drawn to violent ideologies that validate their experiences.

64
Single and Dying to Self by Tim Selles

Relationships are messy, but the messiness contains a sanctifying purpose.

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