Monday, 17 April 2017

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and the Cosmic Christ, by Alex Terego

This book offers a useful biographical sketch on the life of Pierre Teilard de Chardin, followed by a summary of his key theological ideas. There is something of an overemphasis on the conflict between Teilard de Chardin and the Church authorities. It seems to see his challenge to contemporary Church teaching as being a virtue in itself. No sympathy is shown to the legitimate concerns of the Church in preventing heresy.

No mention is made in this book of Teilhard de Chardin's support for eugenics. It's funny how books celebrating Teilhard de Chardin seem to avoid engaging with the darker side of his work. I think he had some great things to say, but at times, with his rather authoritarian ideas about human progress, comes across a bit like the NICE men in CS Lewis' That Hideous Strength.

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