One of the great pillars of support in my exodus from religious belief back in the day was poet and graphic artist William Blake, 1757 - 1827. I still don't quite see how he got away with saying what he did in his time.

In one of his major poems, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, he mounted pretty much of a full frontal attack:

All Bibles or sacred codes have been the causes of the following errors:

1.      That Man has two real existing principles. Viz: a Body & a Soul.

2.      That Energy, calld Evil, is alone from the Body & that Reason, calld Good, is alone from the Soul.

3.      That God will torment Man in Eternity for following his Energies.

But the following Contraries to these are true.

1.      Man has no Body distinct from his Soul for that calld Body is a portion of Soul discerned by the five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age.

2.      Energy is the only life and is from the Body and Reason is the bound or outward circumference of Energy.

3.      Energy is Eternal Delight.

He castigated the priests for "laying their curse on the fairest joys," and loved nothing more than roaming through his garden in the buff. I would have loved to meet this guy!

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