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Letter to a Priest

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This letter, written in 1942, contains expressions of opinion on matters concerning Catholic faith, dogma and institutions. Weil asks the priest whether each of these opinions is or is not compatible with her being received into the Church.


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This letter, written in 1942, contains expressions of opinion on matters concerning Catholic faith, dogma and institutions. Weil asks the priest whether each of these opinions is or is not compatible with her being received into the Church.
-Publisher

This letter was addressed by Simone Weil to a French priest living in New York when she was staying there in the autumn of 1942, the day before she left to join the Free French Movement in London. It contains thirty-five expressions of opinion on matters concerning Catholic faith, dogma and institutions, which, she says have occupied her inmost thoughts for many years, and she asks whether each of these opinions is, or is not compatible with her being received into the Church. No reply, so far as is known, was ever made. When she wrote the letter Weil was considered by those who knew her to be 'like a soul in torment, an unhappy soul, an utterly sincere being, whose thinking had all the signs of a deep inner conflict'. Her state of mind becomes clear in the vehemence and immediacy of this work. The concerns she raises are no less fundamental for being highly controversial. Letter to a Priest is required reading for all who have questions about faith and belief.
-Publisher

Letter to a Priestencapsulates the sharp wit and questioning nature of Simone Weil. Regarded by Susan Sontag as 'one of the most uncompromising and troubling witnesses to the modern travail of the spirit', Weil grips the moral imagination as few others before or since. She was only thirty four when she died in 1943, yet despite her short life she left behind an incredible body of literature. Letter to a Priest, addressed to Father Joseph-Marie Perrin, a Catholic priest who Weil met in Marseilles, is one of her most powerful pieces. Written at a time when those who knew her considered her to be 'like a soul in torment whose thinking had all the signs of a deep inner conflict', it contains thirty five powerful expressions of opinion on matters concerning Catholic faith, dogma and institutions. Vehement and controversial, yet eloquent and moving, it is essential reading for anyone who has questions about faith and belief.
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 227227
  • Product Code 0415267676
  • EAN 9780415267670
  • Pages 80
  • Department Academic
  • Category Philosophy
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Routledge
  • Publication Date Jun 2002
  • Sales Rank 18063
  • Dimensions 197 x 133 x 4mm
  • Weight 0.096kg

Simone Weil

Born in Paris, Weil came from a highly intellectual family. After a brilliant academic career at school and university, she taught philosophy interspersed with periods of hard manual labor on farms and in factories. Throughout her life she combined sophisticated and scholarly interests with an extreme moral intensity and identification with the poor and oppressed. A twentieth-century Pascal (see Vol. 4), this ardently spiritual woman was a social thinker, sensitive to the crises of modern humanity. Jewish by birth, Christian by vocation, and Greek by aesthetic choice, Weil has influenced religious thinking profoundly in the years since her death. "Humility is the root of love," she said as she questioned traditional theologians and held that the apostles had badly interpreted Christ's teaching. Christianity was, she thought, to blame for the heresy of progress. During World War II, Weil starved herself to death, refusing to eat while victims of the war still suffered.

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