Dr. Julian Knox
In his works, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell and Songs of Innocence and Experience, William Blake explores traditional constructs and philosophies of good and evil, challenging the status quo, and criticizing the way that humankind treats their fellowmen. Additionally, Blake points out errors in the man-made social and religious structures and institutions, and, the consequences of these said structures and institutions. Blake addresses the identity and existence of God as both an individual entity and as he is presented by religious individuals. God, in Blake’s Marriage of Heaven and Hell and Songs of Innocence and Experience, is presented as absentee, both benevolent and malignant, partially limited by the coexistence of good and evil within himself--existing and acting almost solely through men rather than independently.
Lindquist, Hannah R.
"A Question of Identity: God and the Human Crisis in William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell and Songs of Innocence and Experience,"
The Corinthian: Vol. 19, Article 5.
Available at: https://kb.gcsu.edu/thecorinthian/vol19/iss1/5