‘To the Deists’—Calamities Amplify

Susanne M. Sklar

in Blake's Jerusalem As Visionary Theatre

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199603145
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731594 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

‘To the Deists’—Calamities Amplify

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Like his Jews, Blake's Deists coinhere with warrior Druids; their ideology spreads more violence than the theology they challenge. Now Albion's disease infects Los, Albion falls yet again, and Vala fuels violence through sexual titillation — and repression (1). Urizen builds what he thinks is a redemptive rational Druid temple (2), and Jerusalem works in Satanic mills where she nearly loses sight of divine forgiveness (3). Vala melds with the Druid dragon of Selfhood, spreading war worldwide (4); her daughters delight in torture and human sacrifice (5). Yet the peace of ‘heavenly Canaan’ still hovers (6) Los keeps building Golgonooza but it has become the structure of ‘Religion Hid in War’. The harlot‐dragon reigns (7).

Keywords: Deist; dragon; Druid; harlot; ideology; Jerusalem; Selfhood; sex; Vala; war

Chapter.  12244 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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