This paper was presented at the twelfth annual Cosmos and Creation Conference, held at Loyola College in Maryland, Baltimore, 27–29 May 1994. Support for this conference was provided by the John Templeton Foundation and the Humanities Foundation of Loyola College.
THE CHURCH AS THE AXIS OF CONVERGENCE IN TEILHARD'S THEOLOGY AND LIFE
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Volume 30, Issue 1, pages 73–89, March 1995
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Trennert-Helwig, M. (1995), THE CHURCH AS THE AXIS OF CONVERGENCE IN TEILHARD'S THEOLOGY AND LIFE. Zygon, 30: 73–89. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9744.1995.tb00052.x
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- doctrine of the church;
- Roman Catholic Church;
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Abstract. During the lifetime of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the Roman Catholic Church passed through deep changes of doctrines as well as ecclesiastical structures, marked by the First and Second Vatican Councils. In that historical period, the perceived threat of the more and more encompassing theory of universal evolution was the main reason that Teilhard was forbidden to publish anything about its theological or philosophical significance. Teilhard survived these lifelong restrictions within his beloved church by embracing the paradigm of the church as “the axis of universal convergence.” His scientific background as a geobiologist gave him the necessary distance from the temporary statements of the magisterium of the Church. Over the whole of human history, however, he believed the Church to be the “phylum” whose development leads to the cosmic Christ as a guidance beam leads to a goal.