The Impasse of Coleridge and the Way of Blake

  • Kevin Lewis


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.


Symbolic Language Philosophical Theology Modern Enterprise Modern Mind Theological Discourse 
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  1. 1.
    Tertullian, De Praescriptione Haereticorum, 7, quoted A New Eusebius ed. J. Stevenson, (London, 1960) p. 178.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Hans Vaihinger, The Philosophy of ‘As If’, tr. C. K. Ogden, 2nd edn (London, 1935) p. 321.Google Scholar

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