The Phenomenon of Man

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Harper Collins, Nov 4, 2008 - Philosophy - 320 pages

Visionary theologian and evolutionary theorist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin applied his whole life, his tremendous intellect, and his great spiritual faith to building a philosophy that would reconcile religion with the scientific theory of evolution. In this timeless book, which contains the quintessence of his thought, Teilhard argues that just as living organisms sprung from inorganic matter and evolved into ever more complex thinking beings, humans are evolving toward an "omega point"—defined by Teilhard as a convergence with the Divine.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION BY SIR JULIAN HUXLEY page 11
29
The Stuffofthe Universe
39
THE EVOLUTION OF MATTER
46
The Within ofThings
53
SPIRITUAL ENERGY
62
The Earth in its Early Stages
67
The Advent ofLife
79
THE INITIAL MANIFESTATIONS OF LIFE
90
The Birth of Thought
163
The Deployment ofthe Noosphere
191
CHAPTER in The ModernEarth
216
The Collective Issue
237
the HyperPersonal
254
CHAPTER in The Ultimate Earth
273
The Christian Phenomenon
291
The Essence of the Phenomenon ofMan
300

THE SEASON OF LIFE
96
The Expansion ofLife
103
THE WAYS OF LIFE
110
Denteter
142
Some Remarks on the Place ami Part of Evil in a World
311
105
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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) was born in France and ordained a Jesuit priest. Trained as a paleontologist, Teilhard codiscovered the celebrated "Peking Man" fossils. The Phenomenon of Man is his best-known work.

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