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Religion 200: Religion and the Human Exerience
Symbols of FIRE in Life

"Among the notable things about fire is that it also requires oxygen to burn - exactly like its enemy, life. Thereby are life and flames so often compared."


~ Otto Weininger (Austrian Philosopher, 1880-1903)


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Many relate holidays, BBQ's and fun times with FIREworks!

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Fire / flame thrower
Many find a rush playing with fire as shown here.

Firefighters deal with fire on a daily basis.

FIRE as a symbol in life...

We think of fire in many ways as a symbol throughout our lives. For Christians, when baptized a candle is lit, as well as when you receive your First Holy Communion, when you are married and last when you die. On the other spectrum, we think about fire to keep us warm during long winter months, we use fire to cook our food, we use fire for controlled burns so new growth will sprout up in nature areas, we all enjoy watching fire explode in fireworks during holidays and more.   Fire as a symbol can also mean danger. Fire is a threat to humans, animals and nature.  It can destroy acres in a matter of minutes and it's not a thing that we can compete with. From religion to our daily lives, fire is always present.

Kate O'Looney
Religion 200-01
Professor Schearing

Gonzaga University
Summer Session #2