Life is a Miracle

I just finished reading Wendell Berry’s book, Life Is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition.

For a scientist, it’s a bit of a wake-up call. Berry wrote the book in response to E.O. Wilson’s Consilience, a misguided attempt to reconcile science, art, and religion by conforming art and religion to empirical, scientific terms. In reply, Berry discusses how irreducible nature, art, and religion really are, and proposes that we should counter the reductionistic tendencies of modern science and culture by becoming more consciously a part of our communities and families–to set down roots. I have to agree, but to implement his suggestions would require a radical change in how I live my life. I just don’t know if I’m strong enough to do it.

I’ll write more later if I have a free minute…

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1 Response to “Life is a Miracle”


  1. 1 Bekah November 2, 2006 at 10:50 pm

    I’d love to hear more. What is it in his proposal that is so challenging?


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