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Blake and religion
Posted by: Milly560 (86.150.195.---)
Date: May 30, 2009 04:58PM

I am studying Blake for English Lit A2 and I'm having a bit of difficulty approaching his religious views.

I know by 1793 he had rejected Swedenbourg because he felt Swedenbourg's view of religion was too one-sided, but does that mean Blake thought the 'devils who hate religion' were part of the holy too? What does he feel about the devil? Is it holism i.e. everything roots back to God, even if we cannot make sense of it so it doesn't make sense to say 'xy' = good & 'zh' = bad because that's not for us to say.

If Blake felt 'everything that lives is holy' does he feel men were Gods? I know Swedenbourg argued that Jesus was God - rejecting the trinity idea...how does Blake fit into this?

Thanks in advance,
Best wishes,

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