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Every Atheist Is an Idolater

No human being escapes the necessity of conceiving some good outside himself towards which his thought turns in a movement of desire, supplication, and hope. consequently, the only choice is between worshipping the true God or an idol. Every atheist is an idolater--unless he is worshipping the true God in his impersonal aspect. The majority of the pious are idolaters.

- Simone Weil, First and last notebooks (last notebook 1942)
(Oxford University Press 1970), p. 308.
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