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Emily Dickinson's Struggle With Religion

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
    Portland, OR
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    Emily Dickinson grew up in a time when scientific discoveries were posing a direct threat to the way that Americans viewed religion and she clearly struggled with this throughout much of her life. While she grew up in a strictly religious household and was well versed in the Bible, she refused to become a full member of the church her family belonged to because she insisted on remaining true to herself. She summed it up perfectly by writing "I feel that the world holds a predominant place in my affections. I do not feel that I could give up all for Christ, were I called to die."

    It's amazing to ponder the time that Emily Dickinson grew up in and her sober assessments of the fight between religion and science. It seems as if we have been stuck in that time since Emily Dickinson was alive. We still struggle with the facts of science versus the theology of religion and it's a struggle that I worry has actually gone somewhat backwards recently.

    How does Emily Dickinson's struggle with religion compare to your own? Does anyone think we will ever live in a society that values science more than religious dogma's?