The Phenomenon of Teilhard Philip Coulter

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The Phenomenon of Teilhard by Philip Coulter
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The French Jesuit and archeologist Teilhard de Chardin was a mystic who probed the ways we might come to know God. If the material world is constantly evolving, he asked, showing God in all his glory, then why shouldnt our consciousness also beMoreThe French Jesuit and archeologist Teilhard de Chardin was a mystic who probed the ways we might come to know God. If the material world is constantly evolving, he asked, showing God in all his glory, then why shouldnt our consciousness also be evolving toward a divine point that ends in God.IDEAS producer Philip Coulter profiles Teilhards search for a theory of divine evolution that is creating a new language of spirituality today.Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) stands among the very few leaders of thought in this century to integrate pure scientific research with a religious vocation.

At an early point in his career this paleontologist and Jesuit priest made it his personal mission to reconstruct the most basic Christian doctrines from the perspectives of science and, at the same time, to reconstruct science from the perspectives of faith. He would do this by overthrowing all the barriers that had been erected between science and religion in the past one hundred years. He would take the lessons learned from the study of nature as the foundation on which to reconstruct the Christian faith.

He would single-handedly remake all the dogmas of his own Catholic Church, and he would at the same time remake the world of modern science on the model suggested by his personal experience with God.Teilhard was seen by the Vatican as a threat to the integrity of the faith. Rome insisted that his religious writings should not be published.

He was forbidden to teach or even to speak publicly on religious subjects. He was banished from his native country. Yet his ideas were disseminated informally and sometimes secretly by friends and colleagues in the church. He became a hero and arole model for a whole generation of younger priests and theologians. He set the stage for the renewal movements which finally came to flower in the era of Vatican II.

At the same time he also suggested a program for the reconstruction of science. He put forward a systematic critique of traditional science which was just as radical and just as provocative as his criticism of traditional religion, and he provoked equally extreme reactions in the scientific community. A small number of world-class scientists have taken his ideas seriously enough to structure their own work on Teilhards model, but the majority of scientists have reacted as defensively as the Vatican theologians.



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