Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (June 30, 2014): God Speaking Thorough “True Myths”

 

Destruction of Leviathan. 1865 engraving by Gustave Doré

Destruction of Leviathan. 1865 engraving by Gustave Doré

“Mythology and folklore . . . are filled with symbols and fables expressing the deeply rooted resolve of Earth to find its way to Heaven; from which it follows that we may in a perfectly legitimate sense accept the fact that a generalized, implicit faith of humanity in humanity is older than all civilization, and that it is this, finally, which constitutes the basic impulse forming all our past history.” — Teilhard de Chardin, The Future of Man, pp. 186-87

“[T]he story of Christ is simply a true myth: a myth working on us the same way as the others, but with this tremendous difference that it really happened: and one must be content to accept it in the same way, remembering that it is God’s myth where the others are men’s myths: i.e., the Pagan stories are God expressing Himself through the minds of poets, using such images as He found there, while Christianity is God expressing Himself through what we call ‘real things’.” — C.S. Lewis

 

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 (June 30, 2014): God Speaking Thorough “True Myths”

  1. Lynda says:

    These quotes emphasize the unity of humankind at our very roots. Thank you.

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