1st Edition

Intimations of Christianity Among the Ancient Greeks

By Simone Weil Copyright 2024
    228 Pages
    by Routledge

    228 Pages
    by Routledge

    Simone Weil (1909–1943) is one of the most brilliant and unorthodox religious and philosophical minds of the twentieth century. She was also a political activist, worked in the Renault car factory in France in the 1930s and fought briefly as an anarchist in the Spanish Civil War, before her tragic early death in England at the age of thirty-four. Her work spans an astonishing variety of subjects, from ancient Greek philosophy and Christianity to oppression, political freedom and French national identity.

    Intimations of Christianity Among the Ancient Greeks sees Weil apply her unique and piercing intellect to early Greek thought, where she finds fundamental precursors to Christian religious ideas. She argues, provocatively, that concepts fundamental to Christianity such as incarnation, redemption, suffering and resurrection are Greek as well as Christian and that there is much we can learn, spiritually and philosophically, from their entwinement.

    This Routledge Classics edition includes a new Foreword by Christopher Hamilton.

    Foreword to the Routledge Classics Edition Christopher Hamilton

    1.God's Quest for Man

    2. The Laments of Electra and the Recognition of Orestes

    3. Antigone

    4. The Iliad, Poem of Might

    5. Zeus and Prometheus

    6. Prometheus

    7. God in Plato

    8. Divine Love in Creation

    9. The Symposium of Plato

    10. The Republic

    11. The Pythagorean Doctrine

    12. A Sketch of a History of Greek Science.



    Simone Weil (1909–1943) was one of the great theologians, philosophers and activists of the twentieth century. Her writings on the nature of religious faith, spirituality and philosophy have inspired thousands of her readers. A number of her other books, including The Need for Roots, Waiting for God and Oppression and Liberty, are also available in Routledge Classics.

    '...the writings collected here suggest a forceful, imaginative, ingenious individual at work.' - Journal of Religion

    'the only great spirit of our times' - Albert Camus