Social scientists of some sorts often alienate audiences and readerships when they choose to speak or write in dense and turgid phrases. But perceptive and phrase-making Putnam can hold his own with eloquent peers when gathering resources, summoning data, or framing an argument.
Hardly a month goes by when we don't read about the decline or collapse of organized religion in America. But religion -- including the organized sort -- remains vital and vibrant, defying the predictions of doom that appear with numbing regularity.
For too long, the church has reflected the miscommunication and polarization of society. Life isn't about being right or wrong, Democrat or Republican, Catholic or Protestant. It's about engaging the world's moral questions.