[It’s arguable that tradition is wrong and St Paul never quite maintained what is popularly believed as regards “homosexuals” and “homosexuality” – words not used in his time. But belief about what he famously or notoriously wrote in Romans still has effects. But if the Apostle did say things along the line attributed to him, both popular and scholarly understanding does not consider the evidence for an element within Pauline experience which suggests the possibility of real error in his outlook in this area, one divinely anticipated and disapproved. Within poetic limits that difficult and controversial point is addressed. Related notes add a little more. Ideas for the poem came to me after reading the outrageous extent of homelessness of gay people in America as a result of some ongoing conservative Christian attitudes]
(The Conversion of St Paul on the Road to Damascus, by Caravaggio c. 1600)
A SAINT’S MISTAKE: A POEM OF ST PAUL
From birth those energies defining life
May be transformed but keep their force,
There’s limit set upon the chance for change.
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