Prior to the 1960s, our nation was in an upswing of economic and social equality with a greater emphasis on the community rather than the individual. But in the ’60s, a long-lasting downturn of society began, including social isolation, cultural narcissism and individualistic mentality. Why does our culture still find itself in one of the most divisive times in history? How do we come back to a place of solidarity?
In Today’s Conversation podcast, Robert Putnam, research professor of public policy at Harvard University, and Shaylyn Romney Garrett, writer and researcher, remind us of the role Christians played in helping our nation heal before, and they offer hope that we can lead another pivotal and positive change today.
Hosted by NAE President Walter Kim, Robert and Shaylyn also review:
- What caused such polarization in our society;
- How our allegiances have changed from religion to politics over time;
- Why the data proves we don’t have to be the victims of history; and
- How evangelical Christians can help lead to a societal upswing.
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Walter: What will it take us to get out of that kind of tribalism or internal focus? Shaylyn, you know this notion of emotionally allegiances that are tribal in nature — how does that work and how to we combat that?
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- Read books by Robert Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett:
- “The Upswing: How American Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again” | Putnam & Romney Garrett
- “American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us” | Putnam with Romney Garrett
- “Bowling Alone” | Putnam
- “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” | Putnam
- Listen to a previous podcast with Robert Putnam on The Growing Class Gap Among American Young People
- Learn about Shaylyn’s nonprofit, Think Unlimited, that works to bring about social innovation in the Middle East.
Today’s Conversation is brought to you by Grace Communion Seminary.