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Discovering the essence of Christianity is too varied and diverse a topic for anyone to pin to solely one definition How one approaches the topic of Christianity is often in accordance to their personal foundations of religious belief Sometimes these beliefs are deeply seeded during childhood so as children mature into adults they seldom doubt that which has been taught to them for so many years English poet Florence Margaret Smith was not one of these individuals Smith more popularly known by her nickname Stevie was raised in and around the Catholic religion and Christian tradition for many years but still grappled with many issues surrounding the Christian church and the heralded deity they called Lord Stevie Smith wrote theologically inspired poetry because she was an existentialist who was attempting to understand the Christian environment while Christianity had shifted from the existentialists point of view To be an ontological existentialist one must participate in a situation especially a cognitive situation with the whole of ones existence according to Paul Tillich German philosopher theologian and author of Courage to Be 124 Operating within this definition Smith would be obligated to interact within the infrastructure of Christianity She would have to attend church on Sunday mornings visit with elderly women at socials after the service and passionately immerse herself in at least one Bible study course offered within the House of the Lord for a significant amount of time However Tillich does not just state one must become physically involved in any given situation to be marked as an existentialist but become involved with the whole of ones existence in a cognitive situation Smith is required at this point to completely surround herself physically and mentally with the Christian tradition and all it represents to her and for others Historically Smith was quite involved both cognitively and physically with the Christian realm of the world from her baptism as an infant straight through to her funeral in
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