In Georges Bataille: Essential Writings, Michael Richardson says that “the condition of existence is silence” and our coming into being (through discourse, work, etc.) necessarily violates this silence. In coming into being, we give the formless universe (which is existence i.e. all that there is: the totality, the general economy) form. It is from this that “we suffer from this primordial sense of violation by a sense of guilt that manifests itself as a fundamental anguish of being. This is not a guilt that can be assuaged or transcended, since it does not inhere in us as individuals … but is present in human existence as a whole. There is therefore no possibility of redemption or salvation”.
Christianity “embodies a will not to be guilty” for Bataille, and thus, Christianity is “a will that denies the fundamental impulse of human life and social solidarity”. Christianity thus is a denial of existence, it is negativity incarnate. It is a no to life and death.
In his critique of Christianity, Bataille is not at all being prescriptive, he is just noting that “[p]roblems emerge when we try to deny this sense of guilt, when we try to instill the idea that it could be possible to not be guilty”.
Richardson, Michael, and Georges Bataille. “Introduction.” Introduction. In Georges Bataille: Essential Writings, edited by Michael Richardson, 1–4. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications Inc, 1998.
: Georges Bataille and Michael Richardson, “Georges Bataille: Essential Writings,” in Georges Bataille: Essential Writings, ed. Michael Richardson (Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications Inc, 1998), pp. 1–4, 2.