Weil on the State of Christian Tradition

Simone Weil (Reflections on Quantum Theory):

It is as thought we had returned to the age of Protagoras and the Sophists, the age when the art of persuasion—whose modern equivalent is advertising slogans, publicity, propaganda meetings, the press, the cinema, and radio—took the place of thought and controlled the fate of cities and accomplished coups d’etat. So the ninth book of Plato’s Republic reads like a description of contemporary events. Only today, it is not the fate of Greece but of the entire world that is at stake. And we have no Socrates or Plato or Eudoxus, nor Phythagorean tradition, and no teaching of the Mysteries. We have the Christian tradition, but it can do nothing for us unless it comes alive in us again.–Redeeming the Time, 59

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