Theology: The Noosphere Revisited

During his lifetime (1881-1955), Jesuit Father Pierre Teilhard de Chardin achieved a professional reputation as a distinguished paleontologist and one of the discoverers of Peking man. Since the publication of The Phenomenon of Man (TIME, Dec. 14, 1959), its author has emerged as one of the century's most remarkably prophetic thinkers, an Aquinas of the atomic era. For Teilhard was not only a scientist who studied the world's past. He was also a philosopher-mystic who saw man evolving toward the ultimate encounter with what Teilhard, ever groping for new ways to express...

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