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Letters of Teilhard de Chardin and Lucile Swan

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ISBN-13: 978-0940866966
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Text: English, French

About the Author

Pierre Teilhard De Chardin was born in Auvergne, France, in 1881. An ordained member of the Society of Jesus, Pierre Teilhard held positions as professor of geology at the Catholic Institute in Paris, director of the National Geologic Survey of China and director of the National Research Center of France. He lived in China for many years where he played a major role in the discovery of Pekin man. In 1951 he moved to New York where under the auspices of the Wenner-Gren Foundation he was enabled to continue his work until his death in 1955. " Le PhEnomEne Humain, " issued in France in December of that year, was immediately pronounced one of the outstanding publishing events of the century.

Thomas King is an award-winning novelist, scriptwriter, and performer, whose books include the critically acclaimed A Short History of Indians in Canada and Green Grass, Running Water. Graham Greene first attracted international attention in the film Dances with Wolves. He has appeared in numerous other films and TV dramas, including Lonesome Dove: The Series and Northern Exposure.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 315 pages
  • Publisher: University of Scranton Press (April 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 094086696X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940866966
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,382,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When reading Sketch of a Personalistic Universe, and specially about The Sexual Sense in the Human Energy and, of course, these beautiful letters between Teilhard and Lucile Swan, we really understand his writings about the love between a man and a woman, as Teilhard was fully aware of the power of "the feminine", the force of attraction towards union, not only among human beings but for the whole universe. In fact Lucile wrote:

"...He was amused to say he had produce another 'egg'. And he always said it was my work too. This, of course, made me very proud and happy...He had no need to insist on 'me' or 'mine'. It was the idea that was important." Being another 'egg' a new assay, and even his most famous work as well.

It seems their relationship was so of a higher order as to generate another kind of children, not physical ones, one of them being, The Phenomenon of Man, his most influential work. I just wonder if they used a combined technique of sex and nonsex liaison in this case, without having "real sex", as...For Lucile, physical consummation was fundamental to the love between a man and a woman...Teilhard's consistent and continual response was a rejection of this point of view...I once asked Lucile if indeed there ever had been a physical consummation. She replied, "Never."
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Beautiful and sad book. So much to learn from Father Theilhard De Chardin . Wish I could have met them. It's a book to have and to hold.
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I am very happy with this book
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