THE JESUIT & THE SKULL Teilhard de Chardin
, Evolution, and the Search for Peking Man | AMIR D.
I found myself drawn to the words of a 20th century paleontologist and philosopher known well to many of our scientists, Teilhard de Chardin
Building on the work of Martin Buber, Karl Barth, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
, the author focuses significant discussion on what it means to be made in the image of God, concluding that it means, first, to be relational (with God, humans, and all life on the planet), and second, to care for the earth.
Her 1999 work, For the Time Being, seems at first to be impossibly disjointed, juxtaposing sections on the personal life of the great Jesuit scientist and theologian, Teilhard de Chardin
, with bits of Chinese history, Jewish mysticism, observations of nature, facts about natural disasters, descriptions of babies born with terrible genetic defects, a natural history of sand and a catalogue of clouds.
Toolan builds on the work begun by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
and the eco-theologian Thomas Berry, to review the findings of hard science over the past generation, and apply them to Western theology.
Kilcourse shows that there is such an ascent in O'Connor's fiction, at least in the later short stories, and that this ascent is connected to her discovery of the writings of the paleontologist/theologian Teilhard de Chardin
, from whom she drew the title of one of these stories ("Everything That Rises Must Converge").
The article discusses, first of all, the arguments proposed by Kant, Teilhard de Chardin
, and Bloch.
Each chapter or division begins with "birth" and ends with "now," while spinning though a miscellany of the natural world and reflections on the life and work of Teilhard de Chardin
(a Christian anthropologist and theologian of this century) and the Baal Shem Toy (a Jewish mystic of the 18th century).
Teilhard de Chardin
, with all respect to Hexham, is more worthy of note for his vision of the universe (a la Col.
Over the years, a good number of candidates have been proposed: Charles Dawson, the lawyer and eager amateur scientist who discovered the Piltdown bones in the first place; novelist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who lived nearby and was known to have visited the site; and even distinguished Jesuit and scholar Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
, the prime suspect of scientist Stephen Jay Gould.
It is the latest in a long line of fighting machines that function, in the words of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
, "[to] materialize our aggression on the World.
Along these lines, the philosophies of Henri Bergson and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
, of Samuel Alexander and Charles Hartshorne, as Well as that of Whitehead, are a very real help.