Category Archives: Christ and the Body (9/25)

I Believe I can Fly

In Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, “A Memorable Fancy,” is an eerie message in in which the Devil is basically tempting humanity to feel exaltation, even more so, by not just simply using our five senses, but finding a way to embody the same powers that God does to see, hear, touch, and […] Continue reading

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William Blake and An Alternative Genius

William Blake’s A Memorable Fancy has elements that speak to Moravian themes and ideas. Blake writes about a “Genius” that doesn’t necessarily align with the intellectual, academic, or conventional genius that’s taught at big universities. Blake’s is a different kind of genius, one Marsha Keith Schuchard writes about in her article titled “Young William Blake […] Continue reading

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Chained by the Giant

Blake’s disagreements with the system of the Royal Academy was greatly influenced by his mother, who was before influenced by Zinzendorf, bishop of the Moravian Church. Zinzendorf strongly advocated a healthy mother-child relationship and Blake later incorporates themes of a mother-child relationship in many of his works. Zinzendorf’s childhood of being sent away to boarding […] Continue reading

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Gadzooks! Leviathan’s Wounds!

Moravian tradition features frequent sexual imagery, and this is comparable to Blake’s rather horrifying description of the Leviathan’s mouth. It is all incredibly strange. A large portion of Moravian theology focuses on the wounds of Christ. These include the wounds of circumcision and the wound of the spear in the rib. These wounds are highly […] Continue reading

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Menschwerdung

In “Young William Blake and the Moravian Tradition of Visionary Art” by Marsha Keith Schuchard, the author explores the Moravian influences that motivate the art of William Blake. To put into context, Blake is influenced by Moravian art due to his mother, Catherine Armitage Blake, who’s Moravian associations dawned on “ecumenical missionaries, an esoteric tradition […] Continue reading

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Renaming the Trinity

Blake’s “A Song of Liberty” in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is indicative of Blake’s Moravian background in the imagery of his work, particularly in the symbolism of the Eternal Female. Moravian tradition proposed that the Trinity was composed not of an all-male cast, but rather, two males, and a female, as the Holy […] Continue reading

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Kickin’ it with William Blake (in Hell)

William Blake gets mixed up with the wrong crowd in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. He summons demons that help to resurrect Aristotle’s Analytics in skeleton dream-form, and then proceeds to watch cannibal monkeys perform a religious sacrifice. He should have listened when his momma warned him to look out for guys like that, and even […] Continue reading

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Perception of Pain

According to Moravian beliefs, the only way individuals can fully have a successful relationship with God is through their senses and the spiritual experiences they encounter with these senses. In Marsha Keith Schuchard’s article, Young William Blake and the Moravian Tradition of Visionary Art, she points out several Moravian images, themes, and element that actually […] Continue reading

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Imagination and Reason

Religion stifles the expression of man as it contributes to a more logical way of thinking and keeps them from looking deeper into the depths of one’s imagination. With imagination, one opens to a world where creativity guides the mind without the need to overthink it. In the article Young William Blake and the Moravian […] Continue reading

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“The Heart Pathos”

Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf was a religious reformer better known for as a bishop of the Moravian church. He along with other Moravian followers believed in the the importance of our five senses, and the idea that attaining a relationship with God lies not in following order and practices, but through more of a […] Continue reading

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