Future of Man

ISBN-10: 0385510721
ISBN-13: 9780385510721
Edition: 2004
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/20/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

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.

TEILHARD de CHARDIN (1881-1955) was a philosopher, paleontologist, and Jesuit priest. Born in France, educated in Jesuit schools, and ordained in 1911, he journeyed to various parts of the world on geological and paleontological expeditions and published several works on science. His renowned works,The Phenomenon of ManandThe Divine Milieu, were published shortly after his death and today are regarded as classics of Catholic theology.

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A note on progress
Social heredity and progress
The grand option
Some reflections on progress
The new spirit
Life and the planets
A great event foreshadowed : the planetization of mankind
Some reflections on the spiritual repercussions of the atom bomb
Faith in peace
The formation of the noosphere
Faith in man
Some reflections on the rights of man
The human rebound of evolution and its consequences
Turmoil or genesis?
The directions and conditions of the future
The essence of the democratic idea
Does mankind move biologically upon itself?
The heart of the problem
On the probable existence ahead of us of an "ultra-human"
How may we conceive and hope that human unanimization will be realized on earth?
From the pre-human to the ultra-human : the phases of a living planet
The end of the species
Conclusion
Index

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