The Tyger, by William Blake

The Tyger (by William Blake)

William Blake's masterpiece, reflecting on his struggle with the philosophical
"argument from evil" as a challenge to his faith, takes on a special importance today where Christianity is so often used as a defense for decidedly un-Christlike behavior.

Blake, a product of the Romantic movement, was also a devout Christian, yet openly hostile to the Church of England and, indeed to all organized religion. His conflicted faith is illustrated not just in his poetry, but in his paintings, which I have used here to bring his poetic masterpiece to life.