Christ, Plato, and France

Every now and then I’m fascinated at how books that cross my desk seem to be connected. Here are two books I’ve recently come across: one is brand new, the other a few years old:

Haven’t read either one yet, so I can’t really comment on them. But I just find it fascinating that this topic, so central to Christian mysticism (i.e. Platonism/Neoplatonism) would be considered in light of two important French intellectuals of the mid-twentieth century. I don’t know if Camus and Weil had any connection to speak of, but they were roughly contemporary; both died young and absurdly (she starved to death in solidarity with the French resistance, he was killed in a car accident) and both had troubled relationships with the church (he was a non-believer; she a Jew with strong leanings toward Christian mysticism but who refused to be baptized). And now, it seems, both had an interest in Christian Platonism/Neoplatonism. What fun it will be drilling into these books…

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.