Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Additional Biography

Biography

In his work as geologist, paleontologist, and Jesuit priest, Marie-Joseph-Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (tay-yahr duh shahr-dan) combined his scientific beliefs and Christian convictions in an idealistic, evolutionary vision of the universe. He was born in 1881 in Sarcenat, a small town in south central France. The fourth child of a large family, Teilhard absorbed from his father, a farmer, an interest in geology, and from his mother, a devout Roman Catholic, a deep belief in the truths of Christianity. In 1892 he entered a Jesuit boarding school near Lyons. By the time he was sixteen, he knew he had a vocation to the religious life, and on March 20, 1899, he entered the Jesuit novitiate in Aix-en-Provence.{$S[A]Chardin, Pierre...

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Bibliography

Browning, Geraldine O., Joseph L. Alioto, and Seymour M. Farber, eds. Teilhard de Chardin: In Quest of the Perfection of Man. Rutherford, N.J.: Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 1973. This book is the result of an international symposium held in San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts in May of 1971. An international group of scholars analyzed the life and work of Teilhard from several perspectives—religious, scientific, psychological, and educational. This volume also contains a biographical sketch of Teilhard and a brief analysis of his philosophical beliefs.

Cowell, Siôn. The Teilhard Lexicon: Understanding the Language,...

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