Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Thought of Teilhard, Part 4

Bishop Christopher Coyne (Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Indianapolis) conclude a 4-part podcast on the thought of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ with Father Mark Hunt (Holy Family University, Philadelphia). Father Mark has studied Teilhard for over 30 years and teaches a course at Holy Family University on Teilhard’s thought. This podcast series was prompted by comments posted to Bishop Coyne’s blog concerning a short reflection on hope penned by Teilhard.
In this final podcast, Bishop Coyne and Father Mark discuss the evolution of the human, particularly in what Teilhard termed the noosphere and Christogenesis. The conversion examines topics such as the relationship of the individual to the communal, relationship and individuality attempting to understand what Teilhard brings to the living of Christian life.
Listeners may want to investigate additional dimensions of Teilhard’s worldview. TheAmerican Teilhard Society’s webpage contains valuable resources to learn more about Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and the society’s activities including the annual meeting of the society in New York. A sincere “thank-you” once again to Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim for permission to use their biography of Teilhard in these podcasts.
“Some day after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity, we will harness for God the energies of love and then for the second time in the history of the world we will have discovered fire. [Teilhard de Chardin, Evolution of Chastity, 1934.]”

1 comment:

  1. I found these podcasts very interesting, but I think in all fairness and especially since Teilhard is being taught in Catholic seminaries, these things should be taught alongside Pope Saint Pius X's "Oath against modernism" - an oath Tielhard would have made. In fact, I would find it a fascinating follow-on podcast juxtaposing the two.

    Many thanks, Bishop, and God bless you in your new role!

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