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
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.
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.
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.