|Sartre's Thoughts On Religion
Since Sartre is a dogmatic atheist,
his view on religion can be expressed quite quickly, but showing the nonexistence of God.
He tells us that there are two realities in which God can exist (is there is a God). The
first is on in which he is part of the totality. This cannot because God could not then
step outside it to comprehend it. So, what it leaves us with is that God is a separate
part (by himself) than that of us. In this case, he would see our totality as an object (a
rock) or as a subject (math), so he could only experience our totality without knowing it.
Either way Sartre's theory would prove that the ideal of divine omniscience is impossible.
He says that God functions symbolically in out live as "the ideal of a consciousness
which would be the foundation of its own being-in-itself by the pure consciousness which
it would have of itself." Sartre says that God is a desire for completeness and
self-sufficiency for man.