9.29.2011

"The Higher Pantheism"

Have you heard of it?  Maybe not, but you've probably heard of Alfred Tennyson, one of the most popular poets of the English language.  "The Higher Pantheism" is an inspiringly beautiful poem which speaks of nature and God.  

"Pantheism" is the belief that God and nature are one.  Pantheists do not believe in the Creator God.  It even gets more complicated than that, as there is also Panentheism, the belief that God lies within and also outside of the universe, not confined to nature.

In "The Higher Pantheism" Tennyson wrote:

"The sun, the moons, the stars, the seas, the hills and the plains--
Are not these, O Soul, the Vision of Him who reigns?"


Did you know some of the phrases we hear often today were written by Tennyson, such as:

Theirs {is} not to reason why/ theirs {is} but to do and die...

'Tis better to have loved and lost/ than never to have loved at all...


The first time I read "The Higher Pantheism" I was awed, despite the belief behind it.  Tennyson truly held a deep regard for nature to be able to believe it was, in and of itself, God.  Because the poem also defines the Living God, I often recall the lines I find so exquisite...

"Speak to Him thou, for He hears,
and Spirit with Spirit can meet--
Closer is He than breathing,
and nearer than hands and feet."

The most beautiful thing about it is that it's still true of God, the Creator, outside of Pantheism.  Closer is He than breathing...


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2 comments:

  1. I don't remember reading it before--love it!

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  2. Isn't that amazing..I do remember reading this at some point, but it sure has a big impact now.

    I pray the author humbled himself even further, to realize that there was a driving force behind the awesome wonders of nature!

    God Bless and thanks for sharing, dear sister!

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