Abstract

Abstract:

Wendell Berry models Jayber Crow on Dante’s Divine Comedy, and in doing so, he dramatizes a fundamental mystery of Christian theology: the Incarnation. Dante and Jayber make parallel errors on their winding pilgrimages to the beatific vision. At times they are tempted to enjoy created goods for their own sakes. At other times they experience frustration with the need to know Christ through the fallen-yet- redeemed members of his earthly body, and they seek instead to apprehend him directly. Yet both eventually enjoy the transcendent gift of God’s presence, and they do so mediated through his earthly body, the communion of saints.

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