Wilma Van Der Leek

Wilma completed a Master?s Degree at Regent College (Vancouver, B.C.) where she studied spiritual theology, an ancient approach to theology concerned with the broad shape and dynamic of the Christian life, the uniting of head and heart. Wendell Berry appeared on many of her reading lists because of his prophetic, holistic Christian thinking. Agrarianism is of particular interest to her, since she grew up on a farm, and now wonders what it means to be agrarian without manure on her boots.

Still more on Berry and agrarianism: Van der Leek v. Greydanus

"The world is neither a factory, nor a wilderness, but a garden under cultivation." A call to give Wendell Berry a careful hearing. This is the latest instalment of the agrarianism debate.


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Life in a Machine: The Crisis of Modern Agriculture

Wilma van der Leek, who earned her masters degree in spiritual theology at Regent College, looks at Wendell Berry’s critique of the modern-industrial model of farming and his agrarian alternative centered in the recovery of the small, family farm.