Lucas Nossaman

Lucas Nossaman
Lucas Nossaman is assistant professor of English at North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina. He is working on a book tentatively titled “Divine Cosmos: Humboldt’s Ecology in Nineteenth-Century American Literature,” which examines how nineteenth-century American writers perceived God and the natural world in the era of German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in J19:The Society of Early Americanists, Nineteenth-Century Prose, Christianity & Literature, and Renascence. He lives in Greer, SC, with his wife, two kids, and dog Bess

Recent Essays

Working the Soil in American Literature: A Review of Ethan Mannon’s Georgic Mode

Do we love the soil and the creatures put in our stead, or do we prefer the images our devices project at us? While the choice is not always so cut and dry, Mannon’s book can help us begin to retool our imaginations and ennoble common labor again.

Agrarian Theology and its Limits: A Review of Agrarian Spirit

I am not faulting Wirzba for failing to include these examples of more conservative Christians who practice agrarianism. But I would ask whether his theology of agrarianism, written in an academic context, can speak to and challenge the church at large.

Ross Douthat’s Landscape of Suffering

Douthat continues to discover remedies for his condition, but his experience has produced a book in which the natural world confronts us with suffering’s source and signifies the possibility of redemption. The Deep Places elucidates creation’s shadow side, the abyss of suffering that leads us to search for answers to our most profound questions of creation, pain, and evil.

Rise Up, O Saints, and Plant Gardens

Jake Meador’s In Search of the Common Good: Christian Fidelity in a Fractured World is a remarkably successful attempt to bring together the core teachings of Christianity and the community-centered practices of an economic life less dependent on global capitalism.

Chesterton and Belloc are not Enough

In preparing a new volume of essays titled Who Owns America? A New Declaration of Independence (1936), Allen Tate and Herbert Agar sought to extend...