The phenomenon of man is a selfhelp book of the highest order. In this work, teilhard describes evolution as a process that leads to increasing complexity, culminating in the unification of consciousness. Reflections on the future of humankind, and its further social, cultural and. Fortunately, many of his works available online and in downloadable e book format for free through the community books open source initiative. The nearest town, clermontferrand, was the birthplace of 17thcentury mathematician and religious philosopher blaise pascal 16231662, best known for inventing a mechanical calculator and for writings that defended the christian faith. In september thomas merton allowed that he had not read much of teilhard. Spiritual energy resources for the future of humanity. As he wrote in the foreword on seeing in his great book the human phenomenon. Fortunately, many of his works available online and in downloadable ebook format for free through the community books open source initiative. A negative space eucharist based on teilhards mass on the.
The present small volume adds new dimensions to his system of thought through its concentration upon one aspect. Regarding the future of the human race, he deals with topics such as globalization, the nuclear bomb, democracy, the likelihood of life on other planets, and whether peace on earth is scientifically viable. The author of several works of philosophy and religion, he is considered by many to be among the foremost thinkers of our time. Nov 20, 2011 if this book is to be properly understood, it must be read not as a work on metaphysics, still less as a sort of theological essay, but purely and simply as a scientific treatise. To be more is to be more united and this sums up and is the very conclusion of the work to follow. One could say that the whole of life lies in seeing if not ultimately, at least essentially. In the summer of 1966 five books by teilhard had been published in the united states and his name was widely mentioned in catholic circles. This collection of his essays reveals his concepts of social heredity and progress, the planetization of mankind, and the noosphere a biological interpretation of human history. Trained as a paleontologist and ordained as a jesuit priest.
His theory of evolution threw light on a social perspective which stated that man was evolving mentally and socially towards a spiritual unity. The planetization of mankind the body of christ the new samaritans brief biography historical timeline return to main page. Try searching on jstor for other items related to this book. Negative space, incidentally, is a term from the art world. He lectured 192023 at the institut catholique in paris. Regarding the future of the human race, he deals with topics. He entered 1899 the jesuit order, was ordained 1911, and received a doctorate in paleontology from the sorbonne 1922. We hope to make it accessibleclearly, simply, and understandablyto those who wish to experience it. The nearest town, clermontferrand, was the birthplace of seventeenthcentury mathematician and religious philosopher blaise pascal 1623 1662, best known for in. Blending science and christianity, he declared that the human epic resembles nothing so much as a way of the cross. The phenomenon of man harper torchbooks harper torchbooks.83 1325 297 709 337 845 838 567 479 456 956 1465 268 539 497 1421 1490 1449 965 163 515 331 739 208 1166 1119 516 344 1478 443 1072 826