Teilhard Chardin and the Christian worldview

26 Oct

The writings of Teilhard de Chardin, whose writings were given a “warning” by the Vatican in 1962, had this mark removed from their records by Pope Francis in 2017. This year there was a plenary session of the Pontifical Council for Culture where, unanimously, the petition sent by Pope Francis asking him to renounce the “monituum” (warning) of the writings of Father Teilhard de Chardin, with this “The Future of Humanity: New Challenges for Anthropology” has been updated.

The participants, who included high-level scientists as well as bishops and cardinals from Europe, Asia, America and Africa, not only approved but applauded the Pope’s text.

Furthermore, texts were mentioned with “explicit references” by Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI to the paleontologist, philosopher and priest Teilhard de Chardin, with this finally Christian anthropology and worldview can be updated and placed within the current scientific vision, which also evolves into a broader view of the universe and life.

To conclude, they also cited that the lines throughout Pope Francis’ own Encyclical Laudato Si helped “this act would not only recognize the genuine effort of the pious Jesuit to reconcile the scientific view of the universe with Christian eschatology, but would also represent a formidable stimulus. for all philosophers, theologians and scientists willing to cooperate with a Christian anthropological model” which is already described in the outline of Laudato Si, and “fits naturally into the marvelous plot of the cosmos”.

Father Teilhard de Chardin was constrained by disciplinary sanctions from the Holy Office in the 1920s, for his opinions expressed in his unpublished writings, but this did not prevent him from his work, from where he conceived the idea of ​​Omega Point (one level maximum complexity and awareness in the direction that the universe evolved) and added to the concept of Christ as the Logos, or “the Word” that embodies human vision through language, in addition to its central concept of the Noosphere (the sphere of thought).

At a time when the anthropologies of original societies, of colonized peoples in search of their true identities along the path of decolonization, are re-discussed, on the religious side Chardin responds to the cry of voices of Christianity that ask for a necessary anthropological update, without losing unity and Christian consciousness Christocentric.

Among Chardin’s works, the following stand out: The human phenomenon, The place of man in nature and The divine environment stand out in his works.

Many times in life he revealed the wish to die on Resurrection Day (Easter Day), his wish was granted. He died on April 10, 1955, an Easter Sunday after attending Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, and his writings began to gain great popularity.





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