Teilhard de Chardin

I was excited by The Phenomenon Of Man by Teilhard de Chardin. At last, there was a churchman speaking out for the evolution of man. He was a paleontologist and evolution was part of the fabric of paleontology. Evolution was not a theory. It was a fact.

He was immersed in paleontology and passionately driven to argue for a divinely inspired momentum towards a cosmogenesis and ultimately to an omega point.

This is a mix of science, and natural theology. Paleontology is science. The rise of complexity, the biosphere, cosmogenesis, and the omega point are natural theology.

He does not directly affirm human participation in creation. He does affirm that humans are moving towards the omega point without discussing a method for humans to follow to get there.

David Shaw

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