ONE OF THE 50 BEST SPIRITUAL BOOKS OF 2018—Spirituality and Practice
This timely book of practical theology sheds welcome light into a dark corner of the individual and collective psyche and is a valuable resource for anyone seeking to understand the pervasive loneliness of our times.
Utilizing insights from anthropology, theology, psychology, and philosophy, Arbuckle explores the cultural causes of loneliness in both individuals and societies. Topics include the founding mythology of the United States—with its emphasis on individualism to the detriment of the common good—and poverty as a catalyst for loneliness.
Each chapter concludes with a scriptural reflection and discussion questions to guide pastoral responses according to Gospel values.
Gerald A. Arbuckle, SM, is an award-winning author of many books, including The Francis Factor and the People of God (Orbis 2015). A noted scholar in both theology and anthropology, he is co-director of Refounding and Pastoral Development, a research ministry in Sydney, Australia.