Re: New Pope on Darwinism - NO!

From: Randy Isaac <>
Date: Fri Apr 29 2005 - 12:18:33 EDT

Speaking of de Chardin, it recently came to my attention that 2005 is the
50th anniversary of his death. And I just learned that he is buried at
Maryknoll, about 25 miles from our house. It turns out that Thomas Lee, the
historian who translated de Chardin's works into Chinese, attends our
church. Anyway, I wondered if any of you historians were interested in
writing a few paragraphs about his influence in the dialog on science and
Christian faith? Maybe as a commentary or note in PSCF or a short blurb in
the newsletter? Bob's comments are a good start!


----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Schneider" <>
To: "Michael Roberts" <>; "Ted Davis"
<>; <>; "Keith Miller" <>
Sent: Tuesday, April 26, 2005 9:20 PM
Subject: Re: New Pope on Darwinism - NO!

> One of the great thinkers of our age, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, wrote
> the following: "Is evolution a theory, a system, or a hypothesis? It is
> much more it is a general postulate to which all theories, all hypotheses,
> all systems much henceforward bow and which they must satisfy in order to
> be thinkable and true. Evolution is a light which illuminates all facts, a
> trajectory which all lines of though must follow this is what evolution
> is." Of course, some scientists, as well as some philosophers and
> theologians, disagree with some parts of Teilhard's teachings; the
> acceptance of his worldview falls short of universal. But there is no
> doubt at all that Teilhard was a truly and deeply religious man and that
> Christianity was the cornerstone of his worldview. Moreover, in his
> worldview science and faith were not segregated in watertight
> compartments, as they are with so many people. They were harmoniously
> fitting parts of his worldview. Teilhard was a creationist, but one who
> understood that the Creation is realized in this world by means of
> evolution.
>........ Bob
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