From Publishers Weekly
Nearly 50 years after his death, Teilhards classic work on theology, philosophy and science seems remarkably fresh, even prescient. The French Jesuit priest and paleontologist was forbidden to publish this and other works during his lifetime, since its reconciliation of Catholic theology with scientific theory, particularly evolution, was considered questionable by the Church. The essays, written over a 35-year period, show how the upheavals of Teilhards era (including two world wars, the first of which he witnessed personally on various battlefields) did little to curtail his enthusiasm for the progress and glorious future of humankind. This edition employs Norman Denny's 1964 translation from the French, and while the language is dated, the ideas shine through. Unfortunately, there is no introduction to place Teilhards essays in historical context, nor does the book give any information about his fascinating life and work.
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is a magnificent introduction to the thoughts and writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, one of the few figures in the history of the Catholic Church to achieve renown as both a scientist and a theologian. Trained as a paleontologist and ordained as a Jesuit priest, Teilhard de Chardin devoted himself to establishing the intimate, interdependent connection between science?particularly the theory of evolution?and the basic tenets of the Christian faith. At the center of his philosophy was the belief that the human species is evolving spiritually, progressing from a simple faith to higher and higher forms of consciousness, including a consciousness of God, and culminating in the ultimate understanding of humankind?s place and purpose in the universe. The Church, which would not condone his philosophical writings, refused to allow their publication during his lifetime. Written over a period of thirty years and presented here in chronological order, the essays cover the wide-ranging interests and inquiries that engaged Teilhard de Chardin throughout his life: intellectual and social evolution; the coming of ultra-humanity; the integral place of faith in God in the advancement of science; and the impact of scientific discoveries on traditional religious dogma. Less formal than The Phenomenon of Man and The Divine Milieu, Teilhard de Chardin?s most renowned works, The Future of Man offers a complete, fully accessible look at the genesis of ideas that continue to reverberate in both the scientific and the religious communities.