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 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/zygo.12398
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
28 December 2017 – America Magazine – A Catholic Media Trinity: Marshall McLuhan, Walter Ong and Andy Warhol
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 Reporhttps://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2017/12/27/catholic-media-trinity-marshall-mcluhan-walter-ong-and-andy-warholt (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