I think we should all try our hand at writing philosophical/theological poems. These few lines have been in my head the past few days.

Praise Kierkegaard, who splintered Hegel’s creed
Upon the rock of Existential need;
Praise Barth, who told how saving Faith an flow
From Terror’s oscillating Yes and No;

–“Midpoint: V. Conclusion” in Midpoint and Other Poems by John Updike

About Lauren Sawyer

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