Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (November 17, 2014): The Power of Love


“Love isn’t something we invented. It’s observable, powerful, it has to mean something… Love is the one thing we’re capable of perceiving that transcends dimensions of time and space.”

This quote is not from Teilhard de Chardin, but it could have been. It was by Anne Hathaway as Dr. Amelia Brand in the movie Interstellar. I saw the movie this weekend and it was amazing. Time permitting, I hope to do a blogpost on its theological themes and the (implicit) influence 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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8 Responses to Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (November 17, 2014): The Power of Love

  1. Mike McKenna says:


    Once again, a thoughtful and insightful quote. You had me fooled. I thought this quote actually was from Father Teilhard. However, as you stated, it sounds like something he would say.
    I was in New York last week and visited Father Teilhard’s grave. I said a prayer for him and for all of us. I am sure he is praying for us too. God bless!


    • Mike:

      Yes, I liked the quote also and it definitely sounds like something Teilhard would say. Thank you for the prayer at Teilhard’s grave. I have not yet visited it but it is on my list in the next few years. Wishing you a blessed week.

      W. Ockham

  2. Just saw Interstellar (in IMAX–Wow) yesterday. I’d love to see a blogpost on its myriad theological themes.

    • Sorry about the delayed response. Was going to go see the movie again this evening so I could watch it again for the theological themes. We are in a snowstorm and the roads are bad so I did not end up going to the movie (hope to on Wednesday). Instead, I went walking and had a snowball fight with my kids in our backyard woods. I am sure there are theological themes in that also, albeit not as deep 🙂

  3. zehsilva says:

    Hey, I was just googleing to see if somebody had reported the connection with Father Teilhard. Right after I watched the movie the connection for me was clear. I hope you find time to blog about it.

    • Eliezer:

      Thank you for the kind words and for stopping by. As you indicate there is definitely a connection. I hope to watch the movie again soon with an eye towards drawing additional connection with Teilhard de Chardin. Hope you have a great week!

      W. Ockham

  4. Looking forward to your post. I also stumbled upon your site by searching “Interstellar Teilhard De Chardin” immediately following my viewing of the film.

  5. Michael Shesterkin says:

    I just watched the movie last night and saw the “connections” right away — and they are numerous, which says something in and of itself. Aside Anne Hathaway’s character’s lines, there are references made to how it is mankind enters evil into the world. I took this one as an opportunity to witness to my daughter about Fr. de Chardin, SJ. Thanks for the blog!

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