Emily loved science, and lived in an age of Darwin. But she also lived in a religious community and was part of a religious family. Evangelical revivals swept through New England while Emily was a teen, and her friends and relatives professed their beliefs.
Not so Emily, she loved the world too much:
“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”
By her mid-thirties, Emily has stopped attending services altogether:
“Some keep the Sabbath going to church / I keep it staying at home.”
Yet many of her poems and letters expressed spirituality, and her relationship with God and with religion remained complicated all her life.
April 8, 2012
Emily Dickinson’s Religion