This writer has been considered by many to be one of the most original religious and political thinkers of the 20th century. She was born in Paris, in 1909, into a French Jewish bourgeois family with an extraordinary intelligence. Many great writers were full of praise for her intelligence and asceticism Andre Gide called her the best spiritual writer of the 20th century while Albert Camus thought of her as one of the most important social political thinker since Karl Marx. The poet T.S.Eliot acknowledge her genius akin to that of the saints. Yet why then is Simone Weil not better known as a writer and her writings not widely read?
For those who are Christians, Simone Weil s thought and writings appear to be outside the limits of what most Christians believe to be the orthodox Christian faith. She also refused baptism, claiming that she could not subscribe to the whole Catholic dogma In a word- a Christian from the exterior. She wrote to cross boundaries of Christian thought with the Bible. Greek Mythology especially believing that the great Greek Epics of Homer and the ideas of Plato could be a spiritual source of a human community stretching beyond the confines of Christianity. She made a special study of the social writings of Karl Marx. In other words. she was tackling social and political issues from a Christian perspective.