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November 16, 2017


David C Brown

I enjoy Thomas, but feel him a better poet than Christian, sending out probes to an Almighty rather than accept in simplicity that God has done the searching in Christ.

Jim Gordon

Hello David, and thank you for commenting. I wonder if accepting in simplicity is the only way for faith to be faithful? Not everyone comes to faith in the same way, and assurance and certainty about God is often a matter of temperament, experience and is known best to the one who in sincerity and faithfulness goes on seeking, in order to be found, and to find. For myself I hesitate to judge those whose faith includes questions, loneliness, doubt and faith seeking understanding. R S Thomas' poetry is thickly textured, theologically complex, and diverse in its moods. It can be affirmative and interrogative, expresses thanksgiving and lament, confesses the faith and also probes beneath the words for the reality that God is. All good wishes David, Jim

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