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Simone Weil Assignment (G)

In Weil's Waiting for God, read the bio in the very back (first). Read the intro and letters for background. We will concentrate on "Forms of the Implicit Love of God."

In connection with that essay, look for answers to these questions:

1. What love of God is distinguished from "implicit love of God," for Weil? Why does she talk about some love of God as implicit?

2. What are the objects of the implicit love of God?

3. For Weil, what is the center of the love of neighbor?

4. How does Weil understand the idea of God's creation?

5. What is the meaning of the book title, Waiting for God? Why does it fit this book?

6. How is love of the order of the world similar to love of neighbor?

7. For Weil, love of religious practices and participation in them, does not imply religious belief. Why not?

8. Weil values and desires friendship, and yet she is very worried about it becoming impure, losing its ultimate, religious value as a way of loving God? How does she see that happening?