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Introduction When RS Thomas writes about praying for forgiveness and the death of Christ it is an example of the poet expressing his feelings of religion and in particular God He does this regularly and is keen to articulate his feelings This shows Thomas was principally a religious writer but his recognition of Gods power is often ambiguous On occasions it seems that he is a firm believer in God and a true Christian It appears however that Thomas has a contradictory view on God as several occasions throughout his poems he shows a distinct lack of faith and can often be found looking for God This shows it is unclear what Thomass level of faith was By studying his works it could help in get a better understanding of what his true views of God were This presentation will look at both the negative and positive aspects of Thomass thoughts of God RS Thomas was a strong Welsh nationalist and had very firm beliefs on religious issues He was an Anglican priest who served the Church of Wales as a parish vicar in several churches One of Thomass most blatant writings about God is in a short poem entitled Lord Have Mercy Thomas writes Because we are full of price in our humility and full we belief in our disbelief Lord have mercy Because we protect ourselves from ourselves to the point of destroying our ourselves Lord have mercy Thomas repeats the last three words of this line right the way through the poem to emphasise that we should seek forgiveness from God for our problems not blame him Thomas also appears to take this view in The Island This is a poem about the building of a church on a small island supposedly by God The author writes All this I will do Said God and watch the bitterness in their
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