Thursday, May 20, 2004

Simone Weil on Religion as Consolation

This is from Simone Weil [pronounced VAY] Gravity and Grace, trans. Emma Craufurd (Routledge, 1995), p. 104:

Religion in so far as it is a source of consolation is a hindrance to true faith: in this sense, atheism is a purification. I have to be atheistic with the part of myself which is not made for God. Among those men in whom the supernatural part has not been awakened, the atheists are right and the believers wrong.

This goes a little way towards answering those who think that religion is a feeble bid for consolation by those too weak to accept an indifferent universe.