A humanist critique of Blake’s ideas of God included in new collected edition

Aradhana Bose reconsiders Blake's concept of God from a humanist perspective.

Exploring New Horizons: Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Research, Volume 1 provides a series of essays including Aradhana Bose's chapter "Rephrasing William Blake's Concept of God and Philosophy of Religion: A Critique from the Humanist Perspective":

William Blake, a poet of vision, depicts God in human form and expounds religion on the tenet of aesthetic humanism. Humans are imaged as God in their moral, spiritual and intellectual nature. God’s powerful goodness comprises Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love expressed through humans. He identifies God with Man. Humans symbolize the world of opposites. The lamb represents human innocence and the tiger, violent and terrifying forces. The two represent the duality of human nature and the contrary states of human soul. Human experience embodied in the tiger corrupts and destroys human experience. His concept of God is based on humanism as reflected in “The Image”. Blake affirms his humanistic philosophy in “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” and believes God being the product of human imagination and resides in all creations of beauty and wisdom. The child or the lamb represents God Who is conceived of as eternal, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient. Blake is opposed to conventional images of God and rejects obedience to the church. He lambasts religion as affecting every aspects of human life. He castigates the church cruelty and its morality and also varied oppressions through the prescriptions of the priests and condemns priests in “The Garden of Love”.

Exploring New Horizons is available on the Researchgate web site. (Open Access.)