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You may have noticed that Think in the Morning has not posted since January 21st. Sometimes the mind needs a period of silence to clear. We’ve been reading and pondering, thinking and resting, hoping for a new burst of creative energy. We’ve been focusing on some of my favorites (William Blake, Lao Tzu, Epicurus) because that is what we must do in these troubling times. There are timeless thoughts that free the mind to do its work. Today I’m posting from a poetry blog, The Hypertexts. It is a blog I recommend to poetry lovers and everyone else too. I came across this post while attempting to drown in the deep blue Pacific consumed by sciatic nerve pain. As it turned out, the pain subsided and I found myself no longer wanting to drown as I read through Michael Burch’s lovely post WILLIAM BLAKE’S GOD & CHRIST: The Human Imagination. I recommend this to you in lieu of a post of my own that is trying to emerge from the darkness.
William Blake’s beliefs about God, Jesus Christ, Angels, Saints, the Bible and Christianity were—like his poetry, engravings and art—utterly unique.
compiled by Michael R. Burch
William Blake may have been, ironically, both England’s greatest heretic and its greatest visionary prophet. He denied the need for anyone to save him, least of all the biblical god he called “Nobodaddy.” In a similar vein, Blake did not see the Creator as being an all-wise God, but rather as Urizen, the demiurge, a “self-deluded and anxious” forger of pre-existent matter. In other words, Jehovah was Satan, the slavemaster of humans, a repressive father, and the “Accuser of the World.” Blake shared with the Gnostics a belief that the “Fall” was not the fault of man, but of man’s impetuous and incompetent Creator.
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