Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (April 28, 2014): A God Proportionate to our Understanding of the Universe


“The human world of today has not grown cold, but . . . it is ardently searching for a God proportionate to the new dimensions of a Universe whose appearance has completely revolutionized the scale of our faculty of worship. And it is because the total Unity of which we dream still seems to beckon in two different directions, toward the zenith and toward the horizon, that we see the dramatic growth of a whole race of the “spiritually stateless” — human beings torn between [an atheism] whose depersonalizing effect revolts them and a Christianity so lukewarm in human terms that it sickens them.”

— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, “The Future of Man“, p. 268.

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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5 Responses to Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (April 28, 2014): A God Proportionate to our Understanding of the Universe

  1. Nice “shot” my friend, definitely a quotable quote!!!

  2. Lynda says:

    This quote is so right on the mark. I pray that Pope Francis’ message of mercy will shake the church out of this lukewarm mentality so that people can experience the true Gospel of Jesus the Christ and be set on fire. I don’t mean to imply that it is up to Pope Francis but only that he has the capacity to reach a lot of people. It is up to us to move the church along and up to us to be on fire with the message of the Gospel by the lives that we live.

  3. pancakesandwildhoney says:

    Reblogged this on Adam's Task and commented:

  4. If Teilhard de Cardin were still alive today, I wonder if he would still maintain the position that our human world has not grown cold.

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