Friday, May 25, 2012

Wendell Berry On Love

“I take literally the statement in the Gospel of John that God loves the world. I believe that the world was created and approved by love, that it subsists, coheres, and endures by love, and that, insofar as it is redeemable, it can be redeemed only by love. I believe that divine love, incarnate and indwelling in the world, summons the world always toward wholeness, which ultimately is reconciliation and atonement with God.” 
 Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays  

On February 10, 1968 Berry delivered "A Statement Against the War in Vietnam" during the Kentucky Conference on the War and the Draft at the University of Kentucky in Lexington:[11]
We seek to preserve peace by fighting a war, or to advance freedom by subsidizing dictatorships, or to ‘win the hearts and minds of the people' by poisoning their crops and burning their villages and confining them in concentration camps; we seek to uphold the ‘truth' of our cause with lies, or to answer conscientious dissent with threats and slurs and intimidations. . . . I have come to the realization that I can no longer imagine a war that I would believe to be either useful or necessary. I would be against any war.[12]


Wendell Berry: America's Greatest Living Prophet

Wendell Berry On Love

Wendell Berry: American Prophet

Wendell Berry: The Failure Of War

Mr. Wendell Berry Of Kentucky  ///  Berry’s “Witty” Story

Wendell Berry Interview: “Field Observations”  ///  Wendell Berry and Religion

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