Teilhard's Mysticism

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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955), a French Jesuit priest and scientist, charted a new path in reconciling Christian theology with evolutionary science.  Here, a physicist examines Teilhard's mysticism, showing how science can illuminate the mystical path, while also demonstrating the compatibility between Teilhard's thought and current frontiers in scientific exploration.

"This is probably the best book on Teilhard de Chardin available today.  For those seeking to know Teilhard's thought in its many radiant directions, this book is truly 'the essential Teilhard.'" --Ilia Delio, OSF, author, The Unbearable Wholeness of Being

"Readers will find in this jewel of a book a rich and reliable guide to the Teilhardian vision . . ." --John Haught, Georgetown University

"As a physicist, Duffy brings the reader into an understanding of the universe that activated Teilhard's scientific vision.  She has given us a wonderful book of contemplative inquiry." --John Grim, Prisdent, American Teilhard Association

"A marvelous book that catches the fire and radiance of what Teilhard saw and experienced throughout his life.  I cannot recommend it too hightly." --Ursula King, author, Spirit of Fire: The Life & Vision of Teilhard de Chardin

Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, is a Sister of St. Joseph who has a Ph.D. in molecular physics from Drexel University.  A professor of physics at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, she is the author of Rediscovering Teilhard's Fire (St. Joseph's University Press 2010).

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Teilhard's Mysticism
Seeing the Inner Face of Evolution
Kathleen Duffy, SSJ
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A timely contribution to the burgeoning area of religion and science....Perhaps because of her own mystical insight, Duffy has the unusual gift of drawing the reader into the very eyes of Teilhard. The book is a gem for any scholar, classroom, or church group wanting to clarify their vision of God-in-the world.
With insight reflective of a keen understanding, Duffy provides an enthusiastic and wide-ranging reflection on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and his life work.
This is one of the most remarkable books I have read in recent years. ... not only infused with Teilhard de Chardin's passion but is very much written in the spirit of his mysticism. It is an extraordinary blend of science and spirituality.
This book examines Teilhard's mysticism showing how science can help to illuminate the mystical path, while also demonstrating the compatibility between Teilhard's though and current frontiers in scientific exploration.
In this substantive paperback, Duffy has come up with a lively, and accessible portrait of the Jesuit paleontologist and writer Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955), who in an early essay wrote: "I have always loved and sought to read the face of Nature; but … my approach has not been that of the 'scientist' but that of the votary." Duffy explains: "Reverence, awe and devotion were aspects of this exquisite relationship." Earth's beauty provided this spiritual explorer with a keen sense of gratitude. For him, the world was a sacred place, a divine milieu.

Teilhard believed in the importance of the choices we make today as co-creators of the ongoing evolution of life and spirit. In his day, he hoped for the best resulting from globalization, the rapid growth of technology, and the heightening of reflection about what tomorrow will bring. Above all else, Duffy captures and conveys the importance of Teilhard's passionate love of nature and his mysticism of hope.
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