Cosmosapiens — a fresh look at evolution

CS0L_O3WUAAdj1z cosmosapiensI haven’t yet read Cosmosapiens, but it looks very interesting.  Here is a KIRKUS review of it referred to The Teilhard de Chardin Project by our scholar Stephen White:

COSMOSAPIENS: How We Are Evolving from the Origin of the Universe
by John Hands

KIRKUS REVIEW:
Hands has spent the last 10 years assembling a critical overview of scientific orthodoxy in an attempt to answer the fundamental questions “what are we?” and “why are we here?”

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A God for Evolution

Teilhard once wrote “Who, at last, will give us a God for evolution?”   Gregory McAllister, in the guest blog below, takes a swing at answering Teilhard’s question in the context of current events.

God!

Lately I find myself thinking about God again.

Maybe it’s because I’ve recently become friends with several Baba Lovers, followers of Meher Baba, and I’ve begun reading some of his writings. He claims that creation is a gradual process of God’s evolving Consciousness, first as inanimate creatures, then as animals, then as humans, and eventually as enlightened beings who remember they’re God.

It reminds me of Teilhard’s notions about everything having consciousness, evolving through the lithosphere, the biosphere, and eventually the noosphere. Continue reading “A God for Evolution” »

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What If Teilhard Had Been Allowed to Publish?

A Guest Post by Donald Rohmer

I’ve read that Teilhard de Chardin was forbidden to publish his work because it contradicted original sin and the resulting need for a redeemer. Teilhard struggled with the idea of original sin in the essays published, after his death, in Christianity and Evolution. In “Reflections on Original Sin,” he presents a theory of why original sin does not contradict evolution. I was unable to follow the argument, and probably would not have understood it even if my ebook had not dropped one or more lines of text at a crucial point in its development. But its substance is that “in this explanation original sin ceases to be an isolated act and becomes a state (affecting the human mass as a whole, as a result of an endless stream of transgressions punctuating mankind in the course of time).” Continue reading “What If Teilhard Had Been Allowed to Publish?” »

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The Omega: A Reflection on The Phenomenon of Man’s Endpoint

Guest post by  Mike McFarlandOMEGA FLARE MOCKUP-CJesus as Omega gently pulls us by person-to-person love to the future, the fullness of the Kingdom of Heaven. You can imagine a solid cone, pointed up. The cords of God’s love stretch from the Omega Point to us. The cords make up the solid cone. Like a 3D graph, the axis of time passes vertically through Omega. We stand at the base of the cone. On the cords of God’s love, Jesus at the apex pulls. As a result, we move both up and closer together. In the second, significantly more “realistic” – both in the popular sense and from a historical viewpoint – and more consistent with scripture, of two hypotheses concerning the way in which we meet Omega : Continue reading “The Omega: A Reflection on The Phenomenon of Man’s Endpoint” »

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Teilhard’s “Mass on the World” Video

MOTW title 2-sTeilhard de Chardin’s  mystical essay “Mass on the World” was performed at Georgetown University April 9, 2015.  It was staged to honor its author on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of his death.  A video of this performance can be seen here.  This 28-minute version consists of excerpts taken from the much longer text of the full Mass on the World.

In the summer of 1923 Teilhard de Chardin was working a paleontological dig on the edge of the Ordos Desert in Inner Mongolia.   As a priest he had always tried to say Mass daily. So when camping out in primitive conditions made this impossible, his let his mystical sense take hold. The Eucharist for him was more than a matter of consecrating and offering up tokens of bread and wine.

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