Relationships in a World of Individualism

  • rWorld

    The rWorld is about more than Dale Kuehne's book Sex and the iWorld.
    The rWorld is a New England based, non-profit (in formation), that is composed of a growing number of people and organizations from many faith and ideological backgrounds worldwide. We believe that much of the fulfillment for which women and men are looking can be found by enhancing the quality of our relationships. While the individual freedom we enjoy in the West is a gift, the love and intimacy for which humans yearn will not be found in self-serving materialism or hedonism, but in a variety of healthy relationships.

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  • Dale Kuehne

    Sex & the iWorld

    Professor of Politics and The Richard L. Bready Chair for Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

    In this blog I'm highlighting signposts of the world in which we presently reside as a means of helping promote a civil, and meaningful dialogue about what kind of world in which we wish to live. I am particularly interested in exploring how might we reconcile the individual good and the common good, and where reconciliation isn’t possible, which should take precedence and why.

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About Dale Kuehne

Since I couldn’t make a living playing ice hockey and never won the lottery, I embarked on an educational path that led me to Wheaton College (IL), the University of Minnesota, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and finally I received my PhD in political theory from Georgetown University in 1993. Presently I am a Professor of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH and hold The Richard L. Bready Chair for Ethics, Economics and the Common Good. I am an ordained minister and as near as I can tell I am the only ordained Professor of Politics in the United States. I presently serve as the Interim Preaching at the Christ’s Church of Amherst, NH.

One area of interest for me is the relationship between Politics, Christianity and Sexuality, and I explore these issues in my book, Sex and the iWorld: Rethinking Relationship Beyond an Age of Individualism (Baker Academic, 2009). In the book I ask us to consider the impact post-modern society is having our relationships. I look at the way that Western Culture traditionally answered questions about who we are as people, the boundaries of sexuality, and the importance of relationships in promoting happiness and fulfillment (the traditional world, or ‘tWorld’). I then examine how this has changed with the sexual revolution and the advent of the individualistic ‘iWorld,’ which gives permission to each of us to find happiness and fulfillment in a world with as few boundaries as possible. Finally, I suggest that we will find what we are looking for not in the tWorld or the iWorld, but rather the relational ‘rWorld’, a world where the development of meaningful relationships is essential in helping us find the love and fulfillment for which we all seek.

I am presently writing another book that will serve as the follow-up to Sex and the iWorld. The working title is: Love in the Ruins: Rediscovering a Relational Polity in the 21st Century. When I go speak on the iWorld, may people ask, “what’s the alternative?” This is my response. My hope is that it will be published before the end of 2015.

The purpose of Signpostings is to ask questions about the world in which we live and engage in a discussion about which ‘world’ is best suited for individual and relational fulfillment on both a personal and collective level. I welcome your participation in a civil, and meaningful dialogue about questions that face us all.

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