Ode to Jean-Paul Sartre

“Jean-Paul Sartre may be the most famous atheist of the 20th century…Yet he may have done more to drive fence-sitters toward the faith than most Christian apologists.”

Says Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy at Boston College and The King’s College, who calls Sartre one of the primary pillars of unbelief. The title of this sketch is borrowed from Kreeft’s description of Sartre.

Jean-Paul Sartre was a twentieth-century French existentialist known for his brutal honesty regarding his atheism – denying the possibility of “genuine, altruistic love,” as well as the notion of objective evil. He is known for his first novel La Nausée (Nausea). Kreeft summarizes this work in this way:

“Nausea” is the story of a man who, after arduous searching, finds the terrible truth that life has no meaning, that it’s simply nauseating excess, like vomit or excrement. (Sartre deliberately tends toward obscene images because he feels life itself is obscene.)