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The Future of Man

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The Future of Man is a magnificent introduction to the thoughts and writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, one of the few figures in the history of the Catholic Church to achieve renown as both a scientist and a theologian. Trained as a paleontologist and ordained as a Jesuit priest, Teilhard de Chardin devoted himself to establishing the intimate, interdependent connecti ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 20th 2004 by Image (first published January 1st 1959)
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Adam Ross
Teilhard de Chardin was a polymath writer and thinker, a priest and a respected paleontologist. In this collection of essays he ponders the future of mankind in the upward evolutionary progression of life on earth. It is here that his mystical-religious side shines through, as he ponders the big questions. The growth of material complexity in living organisms is paralleled by a growing psychological complexity of consciousness, and he takes this trend to ponder what the trajectory of the future ...more
Randall Secrest
May 13, 2012 Randall Secrest rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Randall by: Dr. Orvel Crowder
Are... "We moving! We are going forward!" Or... "Nothing changes, We are not moving at all." How can we Not believe we are moving forward? And, if indeed, we 'are' moving forward despite all appearances to the contrary Mankind is not only capable of living in peace but by its very structure CANNOT FAIL EVENTUALLY TO ACHIEVE PEACE. Erit in omnibus omnia Deus...

The three verses are I Corinthians XV, 26, 27 and 28:
The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
For he hath put all things under h
Sep 09, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it
As the second thinker to use the term "noosphere," following V.I. Vernadsky, Teilhard overcasts a triumphant neoclassical view of mankind and places consciousness at center stage. IMO, Teilhard's two big contributions come in the following palettes: 1- Teilhard's complexity law: Roughly, matter and energy, have tendencies to merge into larger and more complex systems that have have better evolutive advantages, and 2- These tendencies are composed within different stages of evolutionary time-Cosm ...more
Jul 17, 2016 Olethros rated it liked it
-Uno de los trabajos centrales relativos a la gran obsesión del autor.-

Género. Ensayo.

Lo que nos cuenta. Recopilación de ensayos del autor reunidos tras su fallecimiento que, desde diferentes prismas, se aproximan a la evolución humana en lo físico, lo social y lo espiritual mientras trata de crear enlaces entre la religión cristiana y la ciencia.

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Jan 23, 2011 David rated it it was ok
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was one of the most forward-looking thinkers of the early twentieth century. Trained as a paleontologist and ordained a Jesuit priest, foresaw the time when scientific knowledge and religious knowledge would join together in an ecstasy of sorts that he termed the "Omega Point". This is arguably one of the greatest single ideas of twentieth century thought. If the book were rated solely on this point, it would definitely be a 5-star work.

However, reading Teilhard's book
Mary  Kennedy
Jun 04, 2008 Mary Kennedy rated it liked it
Reading for my discussion group. Group of essays. Dense and very intellectual.
Paul Adkin
Dec 22, 2013 Paul Adkin rated it really liked it
Teilhard was trying to unite science and religion. Certainly Teilhard was able to develop a metaphysics that was far closer to physics than perhaps ever before, or at least since the Golden Age of Greek Philosophy. But after bringing science onto the stage of theosophy Teilhard does not make God more understandable scientifically, in fact he does the opposite. In his theories God is not essential, only helpful, as a unifying force for humanity. His thesis demands a purposeful Universe, but the e ...more
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I have the 1964 edition translated by Norman Denny and published by Collins Fontana Books. Issued in 1969 by Fontana Religious Books.
Neil Collins
Apr 17, 2016 Neil Collins rated it liked it
A collection of essays by Christian Trans-humanist, Teilhard de Chardin. Essays are form the late 1940s to the early 1950s and introduce Chardin's concept of the 'nooshpere', a developing layer of the earth which consists the minds of humanity... many have said that he was obviously predicting what we now know to be the internet. He also spells out some of the earliest visions of what is now known as the 'Singularity'.
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Feb 17, 2009 Andrew rated it really liked it
traces the evolution of man through his earthly travels into the noosphere.
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Nov 18, 2010 Jim George rated it liked it
Trippy spiritual reading, a bit dated.
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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was a visionary French Jesuit, paleontologist, biologist, and philosopher, who spent the bulk of his life trying to integrate religious experience with natural science, most specifically Christian theology with theories of evolution. In this endeavor he became absolutely enthralled with the possibilities for humankind, which he saw as heading for an exciting convergence ...more
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