Thursday, June 21, 2007

Poem - Religion and Ambivalence

Religion and Ambivalence

Religion inspires respect and awe
Respect for the beliefs of others
Awe at the mysteries of the universe
Awe at simple certainties

Religion provides consolation and comfort
Consolation when life’s disasters strike
Comfort from others and a beneficial God
The comfort of certainty

Religion evokes power and control
Power to influence ideas, resources and lives
Control over others, their thoughts and feelings
The certainty of control


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