The compassion-hacking of American churches did not in itself save anyone’s life, but it did help to break down another civil-society barrier standing in the way of governmental totalization. As Hannah Arendt warned us, authoritarian and totalitarian schemes do not work without mass buy-in from the constituency. Buy-in requires people to be isolated, lonely, atomized, and stripped of all meaning.
Sarah Hinlicky Wilson
Rev. Dr. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson is Associate Pastor at Tokyo Lutheran Church in Japan, where she lives with her husband and son. She publishes at Thornbush Press, podcasts at Queen of the Sciences and The Disentanglement Podcast, and distributes the newsletter Theology & a Recipe through her website www.sarahhinlickywilson.com.