Marilynne Robinson on soul

Unknown‘Modern discourse is not really comfortable with the word “soul,” and in my opinion the loss of the word has been disabling, not only to religion but to literature and political thought and to every humane pursuit. In contemporary religious circles, souls, if they are mentioned at all, tend to be spoken of as saved or lost, having answered some set of divine expectations or failed to answer them, having arrived at some crucial realization or failed to arrive at it. So the soul, the masterpiece of creation, is more or less reduced to a token signifying cosmic acceptance or rejection, having little or nothing to do with the miraculous thing, the felt experience of life, except insofar as life offers distractions or temptations.’

wheniwasachildMarilynne Robinson, When I Was a Child I Read Books, London: Virago, 2013, 8.

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