Decreation in Simone Weil's Theology

Document Type : Review Article


1 Graduated from Master of Islamic Philosophy and Theology, Yasouj University

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Yasouj University


Decreation is one of the central ideas in Simone Weil’s mysticism that first was introduced by her into theological and mystical discourse of Christianity. Understanding the idea of decreation depends on understanding Weil’s model of creation. She believed that God, out of love, withdraws from His divinity so that the world of creation to be realized. Just as, in creation, God empties Himself of His divinity in order for man and the world to exist, so in decreation, man, by imitating God, also must empty himself of what have been given to him so that he can participate in creation as God wills. Decreation isn’t just imitating God detaching Himself from His divinity; rather, it is a passive action which, in practice, must be waited for after giving all the attachments and fantasies up. Simone Weil, through the act of decreation, explains how to deny selfishness and avoid self-centeredness.


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