Monday, November 29, 2010
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Teilhard was a French Jesuit and paleontologist, born in 1881. He participated in the discovery of Peking Man, Homo erectus, in China in 1923.
Teilhard was the author of several books, reconciling evolution and Christianity, his masterwork being The Phenomenon of Man. When the Vatican and his Jesuit superiors forbade him from publishing, Father Teilhard was faithful to his vow of obedience. After his death in 1955, friends published his work.
To Teilhard, Christ is the personality of the Universe, and evolution is a process of convergence and complexification. We are drawn toward union with each other, and an ultimate union with God, which he called the Omega Point.