Agrarian Spirit: Cultivating Faith, Community, and the Land

Univ. of Notre Dame. Aug. 2022. 268p. ISBN 9780268203092. $29. REL
This is an inspiring synthesis of current ecological thought and spiritual reflection in the Christian tradition. Wirzba (Christian theology, Duke Divinity Sch.; This Sacred Life) draws on many sources to create a clear, persuasive argument for a sensitive, deep recognition of the natural world that moves beyond use and profit. The word “agrarian” is not just about farming; it’s used to emphasize the necessity of humanity living in interconnectedness with nature and seeing itself as a dependent knot in the interlacing web of creation, not an objective outsider to the environment. Wirzba acknowledges the difficulties in constructing this vision alongside the spotty record of ecological care in Christianity’s past, yet he still finds possibilities within the tradition to create a framework that draws on religious meaning and energy to advocate a holistic, responsively ecological way of living.
VERDICT For those familiar with this topic and the ecology and religion space, there isn’t much that is new or surprising. The author does, however, add an irenic, credible, hopeful voice in the often-heated debates surrounding religious involvement, human responsibility, and society’s future on this planet.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing