Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wendell Berry, Conservative?

Some discussion of Wendell Berry in regards to his stance on same-sex marriage at this thread over at Chronicles. A bit more level-headed than the discussion at WWWTW. Dr. Fleming is probably right about how much authority we should give to Mr. Berry, who is not a moral theologian or someone with authority in the Church. Still, he does have something to say about limits to consumption, sustainability, energy, technology, economics, and communal life - only those who are ignorant of our dependence upon cheap energy (and the possible inequity involved in how we have secured those sources) and the culture of wastefulness could say that his critique of consumerism rests on a vague definition of consumerism.

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