By Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
"A such a lot amazing ebook, of far-reaching importance for the certainty of man's position within the universe." -- Abraham J. Heschel
"Marks the main major fulfillment in artificial considering for the reason that that of Aquinas." -- Bernard Towers, Blackfriars
Visionary theologian and evolutionary theorist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin utilized his complete lifestyles, his large mind, and his nice non secular religion to construction a philosophy that may reconcile faith with the clinical idea of evolution. during this undying e-book, which includes the quintessence of his notion, Teilhard argues that simply as dwelling organisms sprung from inorganic subject and advanced into ever extra advanced pondering beings, people are evolving towards an "omega point"—defined via Teilhard as a convergence with the Divine.
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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) was once born in France and ordained a Jesuit priest. proficient as a paleontologist, Teilhard codiscovered the distinguished "Peking Man" fossils. The Phenomenon of guy is his best-known paintings.
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67 T H E P H E N O M E N O N OF M A N I. ' At the extreme temperature occurring in the stars, matter can only survive in its most dissociated states. Only simple bodies exist on these incandescent stars. O n the earth this simplicity of the elements still obtains at the periphery, in the more or less ionised gases of the atmosphere and the stratosphere and, probably, far below, in the metals of the ' barysphere '. But between these two extremes comes a long series of complex substances, harboured and produced only by stars that have 'gone out Arranged in successive zones, they demonstrate from the start the powers of synthesis contained in the universe.
Yes, so it seems, and even quite easily, provided there are placed one after the other tluce observations that each one of us could have made, but which do not take on their true value until we think of linking them together. 3 i r h it lgs. B. Second Observation Considered in its pre-vital state, the tvithin of things, whose reality even in the nascent forms of matter we have just admitted, must not bc thought of as forming a continuous film, but as assuming the same granulation as matter itself.
The degree of concentration of a consciousness varies in inverse ratio to the simplicity of the material compound lined by it. ' And now we have arrived, ipso facto, at the solution of the problem posed for us. We are seeking a qualitative law of development that from sphere to sphere should be capable of explaining, fust of all the invisibility, then the appearance. and then the gradual domillance of the within in comparison to the without of things. This law reveals itself once the universe is thought of as passing from State A, characteriwd by a very large number of very simple material elements (that is to say, with a very poor within), to State B defined by a smaller number of very complex groupings (that is to say, with a much richer within).