Religion: Pilgrim of the Future

Like James Joyce or Sigmund Freud, the late Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Jesuit priest and paleontologist, has become an inescapable intellectual presence of the age. Until, and even after, his death in 1955, the Vatican forbade the publication of his nonscientific works, largely because he accepted evolution as the key to human history. In the eyes of Rome, Teilhard remains a near heretic. Last month the Holy Office issued a solemn warning for religious superiors "to guard souls, especially of the young, against the dangers contained in the works of Father Teilhard de Chardin and his followers."

Teilhard hoped to get...

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