In today’s show, Chris introduces an important study of individualism that was published back in 1985 by Robert Bellah and a team of sociologists, entitled: Habits of the Heart–Individualism and Commitment in American Life”. A best-seller at the time, the book is almost forgotten today, which is a shame since the world we live in is the world they warned us about and hoped we’d avoid. The team, through field research identified four forms individualism can take in the American tradition–two of which support healthy community life, and two which undermine it. The healthy forms of individualism were in decline in 1985, and the situation is worse today. Of course, the subject gives Tom and Glenn a lot to talk about. Join the discussion and see what sort of individual you are!
The Theology Pugcast: Individualisms: Which Sort of Individual are You?