Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Ordained as a Catholic Priest

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Ordained as a Catholic Priest

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French philosopher and paleontologist, is ordained a Catholic priest at the age of 30. He has already earned a degree in literature, taught physics and chemistry, and studied theology.

As both a Jesuit priest and a scientist, he will seek to combine traditional theology with modern scientific principles and discoveries. The writings of evolutionary biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky will be an important inspiration for him in this effort.

The extensive work which Pierre Teilhard de Chardin does in the fields of paleontology and geology — much of which is, in fact, done in the field — certainly has an impact on his theological thinking. At times he even treats Christianity itself as a system which has evolved into greater and greater complexity and higher levels of consciousness.

The orthodoxy of Teilhard's writings will be challenged by other Catholics. At one point, he will be forced to answer questions before the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the institution formerly known as the Inquisition.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin will avoid publishing many of his ideas while he is still alive, entrusting them with non-clerical friends for publication after his death.


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