Georges Bernanos, Commenting on the Nature of Evil…

Georges Bernanos1888 - 1948

Georges Bernanos
1888 – 1948

“The logic of evil is as strict as hell. The devil is the greatest of logicians, or perhaps, who knows, he may be logic itself.”

“No logic is comparable to the logic of hell.”

“The poor souls of the damned in hell are eternally arguing with themselves—with the greatest of logicians, whose name is the devil.”

Against the eternal Word—who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life—the devil is forever opposing his own eternal Anti-Word: “I am the door that is forever shut, the way without a goal, mendacity and perdition.”

But this inexorable logic is in fact the sum total of all nonlogic and the perversion of all authentic thinking: “Satan is always seeking to grab hold of God’s thought. But not only does he hate it without understanding it; he actually understands it in reverse. Unawares, he’s bent on swimming backward up the stream of life instead of floating down it, and he spends himself in absurd and frightful attempts at remaking, in the opposite direction, the immense effort of the creation.”

Balthasar, Hans Urs von (2011-10-20). Bernanos (Communio Book) (Kindle Locations 6533-6542). Ignatius Press. Kindle Edition.  (Hardcopy edition: Pages 387 – 388)

 

 

 

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