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Keane examines Dickinson s views at the position performed by way of a supposedly all-powerful and all-loving God in an international marked by means of violence and soreness. Keane offers shut readings of a lot of Dickinson s poems and letters attractive God, displaying how she addressed the demanding situations posed by means of her personal event and via an innate skepticism bolstered through a nascent Darwinism to the argument from layout and the idea that of a benevolent deity. He strains the evolving background of the matter of struggling with the Hebrew Scriptures, throughout the writings of Paul, Augustine, and Aquinas, to the newest theological and philosophical reviews of the matter. Keane is drawn to how readers this day reply to Emily Dickinson s usually combative poems approximately God.

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Brownback, New York Times, May 31, 2007; for responses, see letters to the editor, June 1, 2007. —of dinosaurs and humans presented as coexisting neighbors. In its first two months (the director of the museum reported in July), there were more than a hundred thousand visitors. 16. Though acknowledging that there are valid challenges to the religious perspective, Haught criticizes the “new atheists” for theological shallowness, for a failure to engage religion much beyond fundamentalist varieties easy to caricature, and (in terms of my central theme) for their evasion of the problem of suffering by attributing the cause of suffering to faith.

8 Perhaps she took more seriously the divine proclamation to which Herbert may be responding: “I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal” (Deut. 32:39). Yet even in rejecting the appalling God of her Calvinist tradition, Dickinson never ceased, in some sense, to believe. The two books I have found most helpful both contain forms of that word in their titles: Roger Lundin’s Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief and James McIntosh’s Nimble Believing: Dickinson and the Unknown. ” When Emily Dickinson was born, “the argument from design was securely in place on a six-thousandyear-old earth; at about the time that she began to write poetry regularly, Darwin published The Origin of Species and the earth had grown 7.

Both comprehensible and redemptive. 4 The tension between private and public takes many forms in the poetry of Emily Dickinson. The passage just quoted occurs in an essay discussing that tension in Dickinson’s wartime poetry. ” For Dickinson, a lifelong, expert gardener as well as a poet, the central issue of theodicy—what to make of suffering and death and possible rebirth in an ordered world presided over by a supposedly providential and loving God— was seasonally enacted year after year in her own beloved garden, over whose plants and flowers she doted as if she were the world’s first gardener, Milton’s “Eve, alias Mrs.

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