Wendell Berry is THE MAN. With the possible exception of his works of fiction (actually Jaber Crow is the only one we have tried and found less inspiring) we can’t get enough of him. His thoughts, which have been a big motivation for Plough and Stars, were recently summarized beautifully by D. Brent Laytham, in an article entitled “So As Not To Be Estranged: Creation Spirituality and Wendell Berry” on TheOtherJournal.com.
Atonement is the oldest metaphor in Berry, first articulated over 30 years ago in the essay “Discipline and Hope.” Because we are estranged already, Berry believes that we need ‘at-one-ment’ with land, one another, and God. So he works out atonement in three inter-related dimensions: farming, marriage and worship.