The Impasse of Coleridge and the Way of Blake
By way of explaining my title, I offer the view that, while William Blake is effectively a Modern, Coleridge remains an Ancient whose thought, for that reason, remains effectively unavailable for any appropriately modern enterprise of theological reformulation. I am in complete agreement with those who believe that the philosophical-theological contribution of Coleridge has yet to be assessed adequately and duly celebrated. But I believe that Blake is the Modern (and therefore one of us) while Coleridge, of these two, is the Ancient, and therefore, though an equally distant forbear and a kindred spirit, not at all one of us, and, therefore, unusable as a guide through the most challenging issues of contemporary philosophical theology.
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