The time is right to introduce Pierre Teilhard de Chardin to a new generation – the man, the paleontologist, the visionary French Jesuit priest, whose relentless effort to reframe his beliefs in the light of evolution led to a paradigm shift in the relationship of science and religion.  He foresaw the evolutionary emergence of the internet, globalization, and today’s transhumanism movement, although he was perhaps overly optimistic in his vision.  His legacy includes a strong environmental movement, and multiple movements in cosmic spirituality.

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ACCESSING TEILHARD’S PAST

As Thanksgiving approaches, we are grateful to you, our supporters, who have brought us this far in our documentary on Teilhard.  This year has been very rich, with an extensive filming trip to China in May.  We wrote you about that earlier, though we still have more to tell you.  But just recently we went to France to research locations there for a filming trip coming up in May, 2018.  Our first stop was the Museum national d’histoire naturelle.  

The Paris National Museum of Natural History includes several buildings.  The Gallery of Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy is where Teilhard studied under Marcelin Boule starting in 1912.  His studies were interrupted when he was called up to serve in WWI in 1914 and continued after the war.  After receiving his doctorate in 1920 he worked in the museum under Boule’s direction.

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A cosmic project: Teilhard

by Kathleen Duffy

View of dunes on Mars taken by Curiosity (NASA)

I’m excited about a project that I would like to share with you. I’m working on an honor for a friend of mine — Jesuit Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955). Although I have never met Teilhard in person, his writings have been one of the greatest inspirations in my life. I have come to know him during my own long search for how to be both scientist and believer. Without his help, my faith and spirituality would never be as strong as they are.

My friend Teilhard was a priest, distinguished scientist (geologist and paleontologist), philosopher, theologian, mystic, and one of the most influential and visionary thinkers of the Catholic Church in the twentieth century. And now I would like to encourage the church to add one more title and declare him a doctor of the church. Continue reading “A cosmic project: Teilhard” »

The New Cosmic Story

Check out John Haught’s new book, The New Cosmic Story, which looks at the universe through the lens of Big History, taking us another step forward in pursuit of “The New Story.”   Haught is an advisor to The Teilhard de Chardin project.

John F. Haught, The New Cosmic Story: Inside Our Awakening Universe (New Haven: Yale University Press, October 2017). The following is adapted from the book’s Introduction.

Over the past two centuries scientists have learned that the universe is a story still being told. New scientific awareness of the long cosmic preamble to human history has inspired attempts recently to connect the relatively short span of our own existence to the longer epic of the universe. These efforts, known as Big History, try to tell the story of everything that has taken place in the past, including what was going on in the universe long before Homo sapiens arrived.

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