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The extent and impact of racism and eugenics in the writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin by John P. Slattery, PhD, Director, Carl G. Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology, and Law, Duquesne University – CUP 2024
Those who have read Teilhard’s magnum opus The Human Phenomenon will recall that he advocates “a nobly human form of eugenics”. This article is a comprehensive study of Teilhard’s thinking on that subject and on racism. Note that, having clicked the link below, if you do not have institutional or personal access, you will have to pay £21 to read the article.

John Grim: “Cosmology and Ecology: The Influence of Teilhard on Berry” (audio) Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, June 2017
This talk was given to celebrate 30 years of John Grim’s tenure as president of the ATA. He was presented with the Thomas Berry award for his service to the Great Work.

Untangling Religion From Our AI Debates Is it inevitable that we infuse our AI debates with religious rhetoric? by Thomas Moynihan for Noema Magazine – February 2024
“On a crisp night on the cusp of 1918, a young man watches the moon rise above the trenches somewhere in war-torn France. Scribbling in his diary, he records how, ‘gliding through the barbed wire,’ it floodlit no-man’s-land. Fulfilling duties as a stretcher-bearer, that man was Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.”
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Towards the MetaHuman in 2024Center for Christogenesis
“Today humankind is increasingly bound together by a dense network of communications links and trade systems.” Ilia Delio

 Teilhard De Chardin; The Omega Point and the Noosphere by Formscapes 2023

A priest writes about how Teilhard helped him…

Teilhard and Big History by Ted Peters, October 2023 – Patheos
“Who was the first big historian? Who first spliced together Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution with physical cosmology and human history to tell a single story of everything in reality? Answer: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955). Teilhard and Big History: that’s our topic here.”

Is Teilhard de Chardin being rehabilitated? And who is that, anyway? by Luke Coppen, The Pillar, September 2023.

Teilhard de Chardin, racism and eugenics: an exchange John P. Slattery and Juan V. Fernández de la Gala – America Magazine August 2023
“Editor’s note:  On May 18, 2023, America  published an essay celebrating the centennial of Teilhard de Chardin S.J.’s Mass on the World and discussing the modern importance of Teilhard’s writings. Here, Prof. John P. Slattery responds to that article, followed by a response from the original author, Juan V. Fernández de la Gala.”

What is Teilhardism? Blog by Emma Miller – GB Times – The Spirit Magazine
“Teilhardism is a term used to describe the philosophical and theological ideas of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a French Jesuit priest, paleontologist, and philosopher. Teilhardism is based on the belief that evolution is an essential part of a divine plan for the universe. The theory suggests that the universe is moving towards a state of cosmic unity called the Omega Point, and that human evolution and spiritual growth are intimately connected to this cosmic development.”

What is the Omega Point? Blog by Emma Miller.
“The Omega Point is a concept that was introduced by French Jesuit priest and philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin in his book The Phenomenon of Man. It refers to the theoretical endpoint of human evolution and the culmination of the universe’s development. According to Teilhard, the Omega Point represents the highest degree of complexity and consciousness that the universe can attain, a state of ultimate unity and integration.”

Teilhard de Chardin, consecration and the cosmos: How a Jesuit mystic expanded the scope of theologyby Juan V. Fernandez de la Gala – in America: the Jesuit review – May 2023.
This year marks the centenary of Teilhard’s magnificent prayer The Mass on the World. It opens thus: “Since once again, Lord – though this time not in the forests of the Aisne but in the steppes of Asia – I have neither bread, nor wine, nor altar, I will raise myself beyond these symbols, up to the pure majesty of the real itself; I, your priest, will make the whole earth my altar and on it will offer you all the labours and sufferings of the world”.
The prayer can be found in The Heart of Matter, a collection of important essays by Teilhard.

Could Teilhard de Chardin give us theological insights into AI? An article for the National Catholic Reporter by Thomas Higgins.
“One can’t be certain how Teilhard would view AI, but as a paleontologist, he likely would not be surprised by its potential. Humanity has always evolved in response to the introduction of new elements in our environment.”

Thomas Aquinas and Teilhard de Chardin: Christian Humanism in an Age of Unbeliefa talk by Donald J. Goergen OP about his book, published by Pickwick in 2022.
“In an increasingly divided and secularized world, in an age of unbelief, we yearn for increased unity, for a sense of the transcendent, for a humanism that does not force one to choose between God and the world. This humanism requires an integration of ancient wisdom with modern learning, or, one might say, faith and reason, religion and science, Christology and cosmology.”

The Human of the Future by Fr. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino – Manila Times – February 2023
“While homo sapiens is the product of a long, meandering course of biological evolution, human evolution has not ceased. In the vision of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, evolution goes on, although this time in what he calls the “noosphere” – the sphere of consciousness. Already we are seeing the tracks left by what seems to be an unstoppable growth in human consciousness.”
The human of the future | The Manila Times

Social Networks and the Evolution of Conscienceby Débora Nunes – – January 2023
“In the evolutionary process from Matter to Mind, two parallel evolutions are taking place, according to Teilhard: the one leading to ‘hominization’, the biological human species, and the one that is leading to ‘humanization’, or the elevation of the conscience of humanity. Teilhard visualised at least four evolutionary trends of the human species: personalization, socialization, spiritualization and ‘amorization’.”

Phenomenon of Man – an illustrated talk about Teilhard’s thought by Bob Smith
Phenomenon of Man – Teilhard de Chardin – YouTube

Are Creation and Evolution Compatible? A short talk by Fr. Thomas Davenport, O.P., from The Thomistic Institute.

Politics and the Power of Love by Ilia Delio.
“Politics shape human community. Our political decisions reflect our sense of who we are and what we want. We vote as citizens of a common household, members of a society governed by law.  The question is, do we elect candidates who have vision?  Vision is everything.  How we see is how we love, and how we love is how we act. We humans are not ready-made objects but dynamic becomings, like eddies in the flowing stream of evolution.  Teilhard de Chardin saw the human person as a fact falling within the realm of nature.  We are earthlings through and through.”

Living Cosmology: The Influence of Teilhard de Chardin – Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology –
In 2017 the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture approved the proposal that a petition be sent to Pope Francis requesting him to annul the “Monitum” issued by the Holy Office in 1962, which warned against the dangers presented by the works of Teilhard de Chardin. We are still waiting for a response, but meanwhile it’s interesting to read what Cardinal Casaroli had to say about Teilhard back in 1981.

Time – Einstein and Teilhard De Chardin – a conversation with John Haught and Andre Rabe – November 2020

Teilhard de Chardin and the Evolving Cosmos – A Guide to Eschatological Ethics? by Simon Scott – Anabaptism Today, September 2022. Access to the journal is via the internet and is free, following registration.
“Teilhard de Chardin was a 20th ct scientist and Jesuit priest whose writings attempted a bold rapprochement between the science of evolution, the Bible and Christian dogma. To this end he attacked the doctrine of original sin as being incompatible with modern day science and thought. He suggested modifications to Christian dogma to take account of the physical reality of an evolving cosmos, rather than the static model assumed in early Christian thought.  He equated the ultimate goal of the evolving cosmos with the Cosmic Christ of New Testament writings. We review his life and ideas and discuss the ethical implications of his eschatology.”

Ilia Delio on Consciousness and Christogenesis: Teilhard’s Two Energies – 2016
An excerpt from Shalem Institute’s Gerald May  Seminar, with Ilia Delio:
“Teilhard de Chardin saw the process of evolution as one empowered by the presence of God-Omega; the whole unfolding space-time is the birthing of the Christ. Throughout this day together, we will discuss the meaning of Christogenesis in Teilhard’s vision and the primacy of love and consciousness as the fundamental energies of life, exploring the meaning of love at the heart of the cosmos.”

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin – his Life, Science and Mysticism – a 30-minute illustrated introduction by Dr. Larry Kavanagh – November 2021

 Teilhard de Chardin: His Life, Science, and Mysticism – YouTube

“The Center for Christogenesis is a spiritual organization that serves an axial role in our time, bridging faith, science, culture, and community.
The Center builds on the ideas of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and seeks to actualize his vision of emerging wholeness for a new vitality of the spirit.
Our founder, Ilia Delio, OSF, offers an exploration of the divine as an awareness of God’s loving, dynamic presence.
This is a holistic vision-integrating spirituality, science, and contemplation – and open to all faith traditions. We seek to extend this vision to all those looking for an innovative spiritual life and a renewed role of religion in the 21st century.”

Teilhard de Chardin and the Noosphere by Professor David A. Palmer – The New Mindscape, Action Series 12. This is an 8-minute illustrated introduction to Teilhard, concentrating on his concept of the “noosphere”, the layer of thought, of human consciousness, which envelopes our world, and is the mental equivalent of the biosphere.
Google A12-7 Teilhard de Chardin and the Noosphere

Teilhard de Chardin: Scientist, Mystic, and Prophet with Peter B. Todd, by New Thinking Allowed with Jeffrey Mishlove. Peter Todd is currently a psychoanalytic psychologist in private practice in Sydney, Australia. His papers have appeared in the British Journal of Medical Psychology and Teilhard Studies, the journal of the American Teilhard Association. His most recent book is The Individuation of God: Integrating Science and Religion. Click

The Mass on the World, in Spanish with English subtitles.
This video is a personal adaptation of Teilhard’s mystical essay by Dr. Juan V. Fernández de la Gala, Prof. Historia de la Medicina, Universidad de Cádiz.

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Becoming the Lord’s Disciplesby Jonathan Montaldo – 4 February 2022
This is a rarity, an article published by the Vatican journal L’Osservatore Romano which features Teilhard de Chardin, no less, who of course is still subject to the 1962 Monitum that warned against reading his works. On the other hand four popes have quoted Teilhard with admiration, and in 2017 the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture approved the proposal that a petition be sent to Pope Francis requesting him to annul the Monitum.

Eugenics, Transhumanism, and Artificial Intelligence by Dr. J.R. Miller – Mind Matters News – 13 January 2022

Teilhard fans have to face the fact that he advocated “noble” eugenics. Was he in fact wrong to do so? Or do modern advances in science indicate he may have been right? He was also worried about overpopulation and its consequences. Does this article, with its quotes from The Phenomenon of Man and The Future of Man, fairly represent Teilhard’s thinking?


Frank Frost – Teilhard de Chardin’s Mass on the World
An illustrated participatory event at St. William’s Chapel, Georgetown, USA. Led by Frank Frost, with six speakers and a cantor.

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Thomas Glick: “Teilhard de Chardin, Orthogenesis, and the Mechanism of Evolutionary Change” –
22 May 2009 – Universidad de Navarra
Professor Thomas Glick (University of Boston) gave a lecture at the Workshop in memory of Professor Mariano Artigas, organized by the Thomas More Institute and the Research Group on Science, Reason and Faith (CRYF) of the University of Navarra.

lia Delio speaks on Teilhard de Chardin and World Religions
At the American Teilhard Association Annual Meeting at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City on May 14, 2016 Ilia Delio lectured on “Teilhard de Chardin and World Religions: Ultra Catholic or Ultra Human?”

Survival and the Common Good by Michael Crisp – Gisborne Herald – 29 September 2021
“…Pierre Teilhard de Chardin… A passionate evolutionist, he was banned by his Jesuit order from publication during his lifetime but since his death in 1955, much of his writing has survived and his voice is now regarded by many, including by the Vatican, as one of the most powerful of our times.
In his seminal work, The Human Phenomenon, Teilhard demonstrates conclusively that the process of evolution to date has been positive for the human race.”

Teilhard & China. This video starts with Fr. Thierry Maynard S.J., Director of the Beijing Center, showing us and talking (in English) about one of Teilhard’s own typed copies of Le phénomène humain.
It is followed by an excerpt from an intercultural workshop on Teilhard and the Ordos Desert in China which took place in August 2013. This begins with a quotation from The Phenomenon of Man, followed by a discussion. In French with English subtitles.

The recording of the American Teilhard Association’s Annual Event 2021, broadcast online on 12 June 2021. The keynote talk was Teilhard de Chardin: The Sphere of the Person, given by Cynthia Bourgeault. She reflected on Teilhard’s experience of Christ as person, and what this meant to his understanding of an evolutionary process that draws us with hope into the future.
This talk was followed three short presentations:
Louis Savary, author of Teilhard de Chardin’s The Phenomenon of Man Explained
Marie Josèphe Conchon, author of Marguerite Teilhard-Chambon
Marie Bayon de la Tour, grandniece of Teilhard and author of Teilhard and the Feminine
The recording is available to all members of the American Teilhard Association. Anyone interested in Teilhard can join the ATA.

Dr. David Grumett: Pursuing the Truth: Teilhard de Chardin and the Benedictine Tradition. A talk given at St. Anselm College in America. The 20th century scientist and theologian had much in common with the 6th century St. Benedict. Dr. Grumett is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Ethics in the University of Edinburgh. He has published widely on the Eucharist, modern French Catholic theology, and theology and food.

Thomas Glick: Teilhard de Chardin, Orthogenesis, and the Mechanism of Evolutionary Change
Professor Thomas Glick (University of Boston) gives a lecture at the Workshop in memory of Professor Mariano Artigas, organized by the Thomas More Institute and the Research Group on Science, Reason and Faith (CRYF) of the University of Navarra. Includes a Q&A session.

Rolheiser: The Cosmic Dimension Of The ResurrectionVoices – Grandin Media – 29 March 2021
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was once asked by a critic: “What are you trying to do? Why all this talk about atoms and molecules when you are speaking about Jesus Christ?”  His answer: “I am trying to formulate a Christology large enough to incorporate Christ, because Christ is not just an anthropological event but a cosmic phenomenon as well.” Click

 The Triumph of Good over Evil by Rev. Ron Rolheiser, OMI, Voices, February 8, 2021.
“A colleague once challenged Pierre Teilhard de Chardin with this question: You believe that good will ultimately triumph over evil; well, what if we blow up the world with an atomic bomb, what happens to goodness then?” Read on by clicking

Evolution – A Christian Perspective by Ilia Delio, a Franciscan Sister. A short talk about Teilhard given at the Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University, USA.

Jonathan Sacks and Richard Dawkins at the BBC
Think Festival 12 September 2012
Gripping viewing on the God debate.

Teilhard de Chardin: intro to documentary in production.
A  fascinating 8-minute “trailer” for the documentary film being produced by The Teilhard Project –

Reaching the Omega Point — The Trajectory of an Open Universe.
Dr. Keith Ward, Regius Professor of Divinity Emeritus at Oxford University and author of God, Chance & Necessity, gives a talk about Teilhard.

Teilhard de Chardin: His Importance in the 21st Century – Georgetown University, USA
A panel discussion on Teilhard de Chardin, featuring John F. Haught, Ph.D., Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, Ph.D., John Grim, Ph.D. and Ilia Delio, OSF, Ph.D.
Go to YouTube and search for “Teilhard de Chardin: His Importance in the 21st Century”

Adam and Eve and Science by Paul Bentley
Teilhard was condemned because he believed in polygenism, that the human race did not descend from a single couple, Adam and Eve. However in our time Science believes both in polygenism and that we did nevertheless descend from a single couple. So traditional Church orthodoxy would  seem to be vindicated. On the other hand, the Church still claims that Adam and Eve were not subject to suffering and death, and Science has a problem with that… Click 

Hope in evolutionary time by Nancy Sylvester – Global Sisters Report
A nun faces the questions,  “Why do you believe that we are evolving in a positive way? Why do you believe that our consciousness is developing toward greater complexity, inclusivity and unity?” She finds that Teilhard provides some of the answers.

Love and greed in these strange times by Bill Gervais – The Kingston Whig-Standard – May 2020
“For Teilhard, the deepest drive behind the development of human welfare is not greed or might, killing or domination, fear or terror. Rather, it is the power of love living inside each of us. He believed it was the generative energies of love that brought about these positive transformations.”

“Coronavirus is a warning to care for our common home” by Joe Palathunkal, Managing Editor of the Living in Faith group of publications in India – Union of Catholic Asian News, 30 May 2020.
“The teachings of Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin hold great meaning during the global contagion.” Click

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: prophet of cosmic hope by Susan Rakoczy, Open Democracy, February 2020
“Each act of love, no matter how small or hidden, moves all of reality closer to unity and connection.”

Teilhard de Chardin and the incomplete Nature of Evolution theory by Robert F. Shedinger in Evolution News & Science Today, 13 February 2020
Dr. Shedinger is a Professor of Religion at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and this fascinating piece is about Teilhard’s ideas and what followed the publication of his book The Phenomenon of Man.

Theology for the Third Millennium.
Jeffrey Mishlove interviews Teilhard expert Peter Todd for New Thinking Allowed on YouTube. Peter Todd is a psychotherapist and the author of The Individuation of God: Integrating Science and Religion.

Ageing gracefully in Christ by Ruth Droege – Global Sisters Report – December 2019
“As I rock in my rocking chair, my mind wanders back to a high school religion class. I recall asking the priest who was teaching us a question that went something like this: ‘How can what Genesis relates about a beginning paradise, the Garden of Eden, and the inheritance of sin from the first man, Adam, be reconciled with evolution?’…
I only learned the answer to my question some 60 years later through my study of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.”

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: Paleontologist, Mystic and Jesuit Priest by the Khan Academy
A useful short introduction to Teilhard the man, his life and his work, together with a survey of his current standing.The Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2008 by Salman Khan with the goal of creating a set of online tools that help educate students. Click

Eben Alexander – The Nature of Consciousness
Distinguished scholars and scientists at the 128th Summer Convention of the Theosophical Society in America discussed the implications of the near-death experience and more. In this program, Dr. Alexander, a neurosurgeon, discusses why he believes that his near-death experience is totally consistent with the leading edges of scientific understanding today.

Global Sisters Report – Theology needs radical revisioning by Ilia Delio
“In August 2018, the young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg boldly went on a school strike to oppose climate change and inspired thousands of youth around the world to do the same. She has gone before parliaments and government officials to speak openly and passionately on behalf of a wounded and dying Earth. Her talks have evoked applause and agreement.”
(Readers should be aware that “climate change” in this context means “alleged man-made climate change”. Ed.)

Evolution is our fundamental reality by Ilia Delio – Global Sisters Report
“We are living in the midst of several major crises, including the environment and the institutional church. Does academic theology play a role here as well? Well, yes. As co-creators, we can begin to resolve some of the problems by better integrating theology and science.”

A Church Times review by Adam Ford of Making All Things New: Catholicity, cosmology, consciousness by Ilia Delio. Click

Teilhard de Chardin in the Age of Ecology, a talk by by Thomas Berry. The ardent advocate of caring ecology is interviewed by Jane Blewett for the Thomas Berry Foundation: Click

A chance to hear Teilhard speaking in English. Two talks at the Wenner-Gren Foundation, one in 1948 on “Human Socialization” and the other in 1952 about “The new advances in pre-history in South Africa”. Click

Trashing Teilhard: How Not to Read a Great Religious Thinker by John F. Haught, Commonweal, 12 February 2019.

Crying with a live grief: the mysticism of Merton and Teilhard compared by Richard W. Kropf. Click

Charles Lewis: Writings connect the dots of creation A man with chronic pain found consolation and inspiration from two books: one by Pope Benedict XVI and the other by Teilhard de Chardin. CLICK

Teilhard de Chardin’s Augmented Man – La Croix International – by Hilaire Giron
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin believed that social and economic development depended on scientific progress and the expansion of technologies… Click on “>”>

Wagner, Einstein and Teilhard by Dr. Rudy Hwa, Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Oregon, USA. “As a physicist I know Einstein’s work more than I do about the works of Wagner and Teilhard de Chardin. But my love for music, especially for Wagner’s operas, and my journey in spirituality put me at a place where I can enjoy a panoramic view of all three.”

Religious life in the future by Ilia Delio, who reflects on her experience of the first Omega Center conference in Kansas City, Missouri. The conference focused on Teilhard de Chardin’s notion that we need a new religion of the earth.

Teilhard’s Legacy Can’t Be Reduced to Racism by Joshua Canzona, a response to John Slattery’s article Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s Legacy of Eugenics and Racism Can’t Be Ignored. Click here. It is certainly true that Teilhard’s views on eugenics and race should be discussed. For example, when Teilhard writes in The Phenomenon of Man “…it is indispensable that a nobly human form of eugenics, on a standard worthy of our personalities, should be discovered and developed”, what form might such “noble eugenics” take? And again, was Teilhard not correct in claiming that the various races differ significantly? For instance, the world’s fastest sprinters are all black. But Teilhard also writes, “…false and against nature is the racial idea of one branch draining off for itself alone all the sap of the tree and rising over the death of other branches. To reach the sun nothing less is required than the combined growth of the entire foliage.” (Ed.)

The July 2018 edition of The Christian Century, the leading Protestant magazine in the USA, featured an article by Dr. David Grumett of the School of Divinity at Edinburgh University, Scotland. It was prompted by the discovery of the long-lost “Six Propositions”, signed reluctantly by Teilhard de Chardin in 1925. Dr. Grumett’s article puts the Six Propositions in the context of Teilhard’s life and times.

Consciousness, Intention and Final Causation by Professor Simon Oliver. The First Annual Teilhard Seminar paper given at the Durham Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University on 17 May 2018
Teilhard Seminar Durham 2018

Saving Adam: Evolution & Original Sin by John Farrell for Commonweal Magazine.
‘In spite of general assertions by the last three popes that belief in creation is not incompatible with evolution, Darwin continues to pose a problem for traditional Catholic doctrine. As one priest scientist quipped on his webpage, “Catholic theology requires a more clear-cut origin for Homo sapiens than the fuzzy species boundaries generally acknowledged in evolution…”’

Teilhard de Chardin, Original Sin, and the Six Propositions by David Grumett and Paul Bentley is available at
The article is based on original archival research and includes the six propositions to which Teilhard subscribed in 1925. Their content has previously been unknown. The article was published in the June 2018 issue of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science.

Easter 2018 – Matter and the three holiest days of Christians by Fr J.C. Pieris, Sri Lanka.
The Christian mysteries of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday acutely illustrate the Teilhardian concept of matter evolving into life, into human consciousness and finally into divinity.

23 February 2018 – An article in the Scottish Catholic Observer on Paul Bentley and his discovery of the long-lost Six Propositions.

27 January 2018 – National Catholic Reporter – Time to rehabilitate Teilhard de Chardin? By Heidi Schlumpf
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28 December 2017 – America Magazine – A Catholic Media Trinity: Marshall McLuhan, Walter Ong and Andy Warhol
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23 October 2017 – “We must stop undervaluing community – nobody develops alone” – an article by Bitange Ndemo, which includes thoughts on Teilhard’s relevance for Africa today. Click here

What would Teilhard say? Evolve or be annihilated. An article by Ilia Delio for Global Sisters Repor (a project of National Catholic Reporter). Click here

An article about Teilhard’s grave at Poughkeepsie. Click here

An article by John Farrell for Forbes magazine about Teilhard and Fr. Georges Lemaître, who invented the theory of the Big Bang. Click here

A 1999 article by Paul Bentley called Teilhard de Chardin – Man of the Century? Click here