Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (August 11, 2014): Creation and Evolution


“I’ve at least drawn up a plan of moral studies (interpretation and justification, from the point of view of natural evolution — replenished by the light of faith — of morality, chastity and charity). . . . To grow and to fulfill oneself to the utmost — that is the law immanent in being. I do not believe that in allowing us glimpses of a more divine life God has excused us from pursuing, even on its natural plane, the work of creation. It would, I think, be ‘tempting God’ to let the world go its own way without trying to . . . understand it more fully. We must do all we can to lessen death and suffering. We must develop the significance of revealed dogma through a more searching criticism of truth. “

— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Making of a Mind; Letters from a Soldier-Priest, 1914-1919 (p. 126) (from letter dated September 18, 1916)

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 (August 11, 2014): Creation and Evolution

  1. Lynda says:

    This is a great challenge that Teilhard sets before us – in truth, it is the challenge that God sets before us. We must always try and never be complacent. It is a privilege to live in God’s world.

  2. A wonderful excerpt…you pulled out the key concepts from Fr. Teilhard’s seminal statement of his life’s mission.

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