The Phenomenon of Man

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The Phenomenon of Man

By Pierre Teilhard De Chardin; Julian Huxley (Introduction by)

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061632655, 319pp.

Publication Date: November 4, 2008


Visionary theologian and evolutionary theorist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin applied his whole life, his tremendous intellect, and his great spiritual faith to building a philosophy that would reconcile religion with the scientific theory of evolution. In this timeless book, which contains the quintessence of his thought, Teilhard argues that just as living organisms sprung from inorganic matter and evolved into ever more complex thinking beings, humans are evolving toward an "omega point" defined by Teilhard as a convergence with the Divine.

About the Author
Pierre Teilhard De Chardin was born in Auvergne, France, in 1881. An ordained member of the Society of Jesus, Pierre Teilhard held positions as professor of geology at the Catholic Institute in Paris, director of the National Geologic Survey of China and director of the National Research Center of France. He lived in China for many years where he played a major role in the discovery of Pekin man. In 1951 he moved to New York where under the auspices of the Wenner-Gren Foundation he was enabled to continue his work until his death in 1955. " Le PhEnomEne Humain, " issued in France in December of that year, was immediately pronounced one of the outstanding publishing events of the century.