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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to a remarkable spiritual thinker., 15 April 2002
Simone Weil was one of the most original Christian writers of the 20th century. She was born in Paris in 1909 into a non-practicing Jewish family, but she regarded herself as a Christian throughout her life, although she was never baptized into any church. She was an outstanding student of philosophy and a lover of Ancient Greek thought. She saw strong parallels to the gospels in Greek poetry and drama, particularly in Aeschylus’s retelling of the Prometheus myth. (Prometheus, punished by Zeus for giving fire to mankind, can be seen as a foreshadowing of Christ.)
Weil’s most important contribution to Christian theology is probably her distinctive approach to the “problem of pain”: that is, how can a loving God allow people to suffer? This was not mere abstract speculation. She lived with excruciating migraines throughout her adult life, and she continually faced danger and difficulty in doing what she believed to be right: whether supporting striking workers, fighting in the Spanish Civil war, or working for the French resistance in Vichy France. She died in London in 1943.
This book provides a clear and succinct introduction to Weil’s remarkable life and thought. I recommend it to anyone interested in spiritual questions.
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