Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (July 1, 2013): Big Christianity

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“A Christ without historical personification would not be capable (either in fact or reason) of emerging from metaphysical abstractions or hypotheses.  The success of the Christ of Christianity is due to the association of his birth (which gives him the value of a fact or a concrete element in the world) and his resurrection (which lets us grant him superhuman and, as it were, cosmic attributes). . . Christ must be endowed with certain physical properties — theandric as theology puts it — radically different from those of a simple prophet — who is a vehicle of truth without being in the least a center which organizes the universe.  Christ must always be far greater than our greatest conceptions of the world, but for two or three centuries we have allowed him to appear hardly equal to them, or even smaller.  That is why Christianity is so anemic at the present moment.” (emphasis added).

— Letter to Pierre Lamare, January 1, 1930 (quoted in Robert Speaight, “The Life of Teilhard de Chardin“)

About William Ockham

I am a father of two with eclectic interests in theology, philosophy and sports. I chose the pseudonym William Ockham in honor of his contributions to philosophy, specifically Occam's Razor, and its contributions to modern scientific theory. My blog (www.teilhard.com) explores Ignatian Spirituality and the intersection of faith, science and reason through the life and writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (pictured above).
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2 Responses to Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (July 1, 2013): Big Christianity

  1. cath says:

    Noticed your name @ eco-spirituality website. Then clicked! Love this quote–Lots to explore here. Thanks

    • Cath, thank you for stopping by and for the kind comments. I always love to have new visitors who can share their experiences and perspectives.

      The EcoSpirituality site is a fantastic site and I am honored that they have a link to my site.

      Peace,
      W. Ockham

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