The Incarnation in the Thought of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S. J

Charlton, Terrence P. (1986) The Incarnation in the Thought of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S. J. PhD thesis, Boston College.

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Abstract

I first heard of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J., and his vision before I reached my teens, and I was immediately taken with what I could understand of his vision. I was interested in evolutionary theory and was excited about the way Teilhard proposes that evolution continues into the future. I wanted to affirm Jesus Christ and to affirm the world, and through Teilhard I came to see how I could affirm both together. I wanted to live the hope which I not only heard in Teilhard's words but which I also saw on his often photographed countenance. Over time I have been deeply influenced by Teilhard's synthesis, not just in my views but in the way I try to live. The example of Teilhard's commitment to Christ and to the world through him have influenced my own spirituality, and his vision has greatly enhanced the way I undertake ministry in the Christian community and in t he world. Since I saw so much of value in his world-affirming attitudes, I was pleased eventually to be able to recognize that something of Teilhard's vision had affected the way the Catholic Church has come to view itself and its relationship to the world. Especially in the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes, the Second Vatican Council affirmed an understanding of its need for interaction with the world, of its mission in the world, and even of its ability to learn from the world in a way that bears the mark of Teilhard's perspective.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BC Logic
Divisions: Comparative
Jesuitica
Depositing User: JHI Africa
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2014 14:02
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2018 11:55
URI: http://thesisbank.jhia.ac.ke/id/eprint/119

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