Huckabee, Weil and the Incarnation

A reader writes:

Mike Huckabee's statement that when science and God are in conflict, he will stand with God, because science changes every generation, while God does not, reminded me of a profound and contrary quote from Simone Weil: 

"It seemed to me certain, and I still think so today, that one can never wrestle enough with God if one does so out of pure regard for the truth.  Christ likes us to prefer truth to him because, before being Christ, he is truth.  If one turns aside from him to go toward the truth, one will not go far before falling into his arms."

Huckabee and Weil are likely to agree that there can be no conflict between God and the truth -- and that when we think there is a conflict, it is because we have misunderstood one or the other.  But they seem to come from different corners in terms of how to resolve that misunderstanding.

Compare the quote from Lessing, which I made the epigraph for The Conservative Soul. I also love what Weil said next:

After this I came to feel that Plato was a mystic, that all the Iliad is bathed in Christian light, and that Dionysus and Osiris are in a certain sense Christ himself; and my love was thereby redoubled.

I never wondered whether Jesus was or was not the Incarnation of God; but in fact I was incapable of thinking of him without thinking of him as God.

In the spring of 1940 I read the Bhagavad-Gita. Strange to say it was in reading those marvelous words, words with such a Christian sound, put into the mouth of an incarnation of God, that I came to feel strongly that we owe an allegiance to religious truth which is quite different from the admiration we accord to a beautiful poem; it is something far more categorical.

My italics. This exactly expresses my own understanding, such as it is, of Jesus. And that understanding is the core of my faith.