Holiness and Sustainable Farming Begin with Creation

Looking at the Hebrew Bible’s accounts of creation, specifically in Genesis 1 and 2, one can see there is an incontestable connection between Creator and creature.  Therefore, one cannot separate one’s connection between Creator and created.  Because of this, creation, that is to say, all that is created, is just as incontestably connected.

Perhaps connection is not the most appropriate word to use.  Let us look to the poets for better words.  In this case, once again, we turn to Wendell Berry (A Timbered Choir, Counterpoint.  Washington, D. C.   1998):


To sit and look at light-filled leaves
May let us see, or seem to see,
Far backward as through clearer eyes
To what unsighted hope believes:
The blessed conviviality
That sang Creation’s seventh sunrise,

Time when the Maker’s radiant sight
Made radiant every thing He saw,
And every thing He saw was filled
With perfect joy and life and light.
His perfect pleasure was sole law;
No pleasure had become self-willed.

For all His creatures were His pleasures
And their whole pleasure was to be
What He made them; they sought no gain
Or growth beyond their proper measures,
Not longed for change or novelty.
The only new thing could be pain.


There is Creator and created.  One is Wholly Other and the other is other even than itself.  There is a both/and binary that must be addressed.  Binaries exist between Creator and created, but also between created and created.  Created flora is not created fauna.  Yet both flora and fauna are created and therefore substantively similar.

Creation is connected by nothing and no one less than the Creator.  We cannot simply deny that we, as humans, live separate and apart from the rest of creation.  We exist as an intermediary between creature and Creator.

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