The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age

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The contributions of these authors and the fields represented provide a preliminary indication of the scope of the book and the issues addressed.

First-rate essays written by the agrarian A-team, folks who have done some darn deep thinking, good work, and right living. They set forth the limits and dangers of our current mindset, and call us—wherever we are—t a life that acknowledges and honors the land and the people who provide for it. Nothing less than a call for cultural revolution and nothing more than the honest search for a good life. It is both critical and practical, based on careful work and discipline rather than lobbying and the rattling of talking heads.

It will change the way you eat and shop and live. An unhysterical but thorough indictment not just of American agriculture but of the larger American culture of which it is a diminished part. The writers have many suggestions for a more positive future.

The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age by Norman Wirzba

They say that this requires an understanding that the requirements for a safe and secure food supply have not changed in the last one hundred years: agriculture requires the preservation of land, the fertility and health of the soil, and people who know how to use the land well. For those wanting to understand the agrarian ethic as an utterly sensible credo for contemporary culture, The Essential Agrarian Reader offers an ideal starting point.

Several visionaries, architects, and day laborers of agrarianism come together to lay before us, if not an actual blueprint, then at least some exciting, preliminary sketches for a world informed by agrarian values. Indeed, the profligate character of our lives suggests that we do not believe our children have a future that matters.

In the past we could readily abandon the places we wasted and find new territory to occupy. Creation's fund, we might say, seemed inexhaustible and infinitely forgiving of our careless lives.

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But no longer. Though creation's gifts are enormous, they are not infinite.

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Read preview. Synopsis "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

In this provocative book, however, Norman Wirzba argues that the doctrine of creation, when understood as a statement about the moral and spiritual meaning of the world, actually holds the key to a true understanding of our place in the environment and our responsibility toward it.


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