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Thursday, June 02, 2005

teilhard's evolutionary spirituality

This commentary by Kathleen Duffy over at Science and Theology News discusses how Teilhard de Chardin's Catholicism embraced both evolution and the cosmos, and how his views were perceived.
Teilhard was quite concerned about the lack of interest that he experienced among Christians of his day regarding human progress. Instead of trying to build a better life here on Earth, they seemed content to await their heavenly reward. Teilhard hoped that a clearer understanding of the dynamics of evolution and God’s place in this process would encourage a zest for life and a desire to make conscious contributions to the ongoing evolution. Most of all, Teilhard wanted to share his profound experience of the divine presence that pervades every atom of the cosmos and his sense of a world saturated with God.

Unfortunately, many Christians of our current day share the same lack of interest in evolution, science and human progress that Teilhard observed in his fellow Christians.


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