By Thomas J. J. Altizer
Within the New Apocalypse, Thomas J. J. Altizer (perhaps the main radical theologian of our age and an important exponent of the demise of God theology), advances the thesis that William Blake is the main unique prophet and seer within the background of Christendom, that he created an entire new kind of imaginative and prescient embodying a contemporary radical and non secular expression of Christianity, and that an knowing of his progressive paintings calls for a brand new kind of theological figuring out.
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26:45), continually asserted that he lived in a world of spirits and only wrote when he was commanded by the spirits. ”37 When Satan announced in Milton, “I am God alone: There is no other I,” his bosom grew Opake against the Divine Vision: the paved terraces of His bosom inwards shone with fires, but the stones becoming opake Hid him from sight in an extreme blackness and darkness. And there a World of deeper Ulro was open’d in the midst Of the Assembly. In Satan’s bosom, a vast unfathomable Abyss.
I Fall / 21 The busy bee has no time for sorrow. All wholesom food is caught without a net or a trap. The roaring of lions, the howling of wolves, the raging of the stormy sea, and the destructive sword, are portions of eternity, too great for the eye of man. The tygers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction. Exuberance is Beauty. The exuberance to which Blake points is one that must break all the bounds that history and the cosmos have imposed upon fallen man; not only must religion and the moral law be shattered, but also the actual form and structure of our repressed and shrunken bodies must pass away.
You have a tradition, that Man anciently contain’d in his mighty limbs all things in Heaven & Earth: this you recieved from the Druids. ” Albion was the Parent of the Druids, & in his Chaotic State of Sleep, Satan & Adam & the whole World was Created by the Elohim. (J. 27:10-17) That the Fall preceded the Creation is a universal mystical motif, so likewise there are numerous mystical symbols of a primordial Man who contained all things, but this symbol reached its most powerful Western form in the medieval Kabbalah.