a digital library of Unitarian Universalist biographies, history, books, and media
the digital library of Unitarian Universalism
Home » Biographies » Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre (1881-1955)

Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre (1881-1955)

Pierre Teilhard de chardin

A contribution of great thought came from a priest who came to the shores of the United States in 1951 and died and was buried here in 1955. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the Roman Catholic paleontologist taught us new ways in which religion is related to science. He simultaneously expressed love of God and the world. Both the multibillion-year-old history of Earth and the evolving epic of the future of humanity led him to exclaim with joy, “We are moving!”

Indeed, Dr. Teilhard’s most important book, The Phenomenon of Man, is at once a scientific and religious classic interpreting the epic of the evolution of Power. This work is appreciatively introduced by a notable scientific humanist, Sir Julian Huxley, yet it has also been praised by some Roman Catholics as “the most significant achievement in synthetic thinking since that of Aquinas.” What lofty tribute to a man who was forbidden by his superiors to publish any more of his writings during his lifetime.

— Abridged from “The Relevant Reverend” by Rev. Dr. Herbert F. Vetter


 

Tagged with: ,
Categories: Biographies, BIOGRAPHIES--NEW, Religion & Culture, Social Reform

Notable in UU History
Duncan Howlett

Howlett, Duncan (1906-2003)

Duncan Howlett was born May 15, 1906, in Newton, Massachusetts. He received the SB. degree from ... Read More
Balch

Balch, Emily Greene (1867-1961)

Biographical Introduction Emily Greene Balch, a member of the first generation of American women to attend ... Read More
Henry Hampton

Henry Hampton

Henry Hampton (1940-98) was one of the 20th century’s most influential documentary filmmakers. His work chronicled ... Read More
Robert Seamans

Robert Seamans

Robert C. Seamans, Jr., had a long and distinguished career in aeronautical and astronautical engineering. He ... Read More