Spirit of Fire: The Life and Vision of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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Winner, Catholic Press Association Award and Independent Publisher’s Award

“The book to hook a new generation on the religious power of Teilhard’s vision of divine presence in matter and the evolving universe.”—Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ

“From the viewpoint of our present understanding of the universe it could be said that Teilhard is the most significant Christian theologian since St. Paul. . . Spirit of Fire is especially clear in its exposition of the mystical dimension of Teilhard’s life within this context.” –Thomas Berry

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin—renowned French Jesuit theologian, mystic, and scientist—helped bring Christian theology into creative dialogue with modern science and explored profound dimensions of the human condition.

Beautifully written and enhanced with scores of photographs that document his dramatic life—from the trenches of World War I, to paleontological research in China and travels in the Gobi Desert—Spirit of Fire also explores his difficulties with church authorities, the posthumous publication of his writings, and his ongoing legacy.

Ursula King, professor emerita of theology and religious studies, University of Bristol, co-founded the Teilhard Centre in London. Her many books include Christian Mystics: Their Lives and Legacies Throughout the Ages and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: Essential Writings.

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Spirit of Fire
The Life and Vision of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Revised Edition
Ursula King
index, b/w photos
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Whether a novice or more studied in the work of Teilhard, anyone interested in exploring a passionate vision for the earth along with the recounting of a life that brought together serious scientific inquiry and a searching faith should read this book.
The women in his life and the women whose lives he touched make Pierre Teilhard de Chardin a unique figure in Western religious history. Ursula King includes photos and stories, history and analysis in this biography of the French Jesuit who shaped a great deal of contemporary Catholic thinking about science and religion. Excellent bibliographic tools for more exploration.
In Ursula King's pages, we hear Teilhard, we see what he saw. She never insists on standing between us, never intrudes with some pretentious theory, never calls attention to her presence. Teilhard's thought does not require any one pulling it into the twenty-first century to make it relevant. We are all still running to catch up, trying to comprehend just what that extraordinary man saw. And there is no better guide along that path than Ursula King.
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