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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (October 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156027585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156027588
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) was a Jesuit priest and paleontologist who studied chemistry, physics, botany, and zoology and received his doctorate in geology. The author of several works of philosophy and religion, he is considered by many to be among the foremost thinkers of our time. Toward the Future was first published in 1973.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Edgar Paternina on July 17, 2012
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En español abajo.

Certainly Teilhard has meant for me too much at the point that when I write or say anything about him I just do what he said:

"As the result of the awakening in me of the notion of Evolution, Spirit(As I have just related) had, in my view, supplanted the Mineral and the Atomic in their dignity as the immutable and the all-embracing essence of the Universe. But as this Spirit, vaguely conceived as some sort of opposite pole to the physicist's Energy, was still, in my mind(and was so to remain for a long time) without any precise structure: two innate and obstinate prejudices prevented me from facing and coming in terms with the fact(obvious though it was) that if the World does indeed represent an organo-dynamic system which is in process of psychic interiorization, then it is through the Flesh, by process of Hominization, that Noogenesis operates."

Of course Hominization and Noogesis are some of the main pilars of Evolution: the evolution of Man and the Evolution of the Noos, a greek word that can mean for us, either mind or spirit.

And there you have a beautiful mind that solved the great problem of mankind since Galileo, I mean, the problem between Science and Religion, from the very within of Catholicism, something that I really have never understood: how he could do it!

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Ciertamente Teilhard ha significado mucho para mí, al punto que cuando hablo o escribo sobre él, simplemente lo cito:

"Como consecuencia del despertar en mí de la noción de Evolución, el Espíritu(como acabo de decir) había suplantado a mis ojos al Mineral y a lo Atómico en su dignidad de esencia inalterable y envolvente del Universo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Bolger on August 3, 2013
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This book impacted my notion of the universe. I was surprised at how Chardin was able to put complicaated notions into understandable language.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DENJOH on May 26, 2013
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I didn't know anything about "interspirituality". I found this a seminal treatment on the topic. It was precise and comprehensive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rick. on March 13, 2013
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Sometimes a bit heady but very spiritual ideas! I just picked up the book and read a few short excerpts at a time.
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...and evolutionary philosopher. Worth having, if only for more of the author's wonderfully intuitive insights and a rough chronology of the development of his thought. A man of spirit as well as the earth, I think he would have liked Marie-Louise von Franz's description of alchemy, a discipline akin to the Father's own pursuits: "divine power in matter."
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