Teilhard de Chardin's Christocentric Trinitarianism1
Article first published online: 12 JUL 2010
© 2010 The Author. New Blackfriars © 2010 The Dominican Society.
Volume 92, Issue 1037, pages 90–103, January 2011
How to Cite
Sutton, A. (2011), Teilhard de Chardin's Christocentric Trinitarianism. New Blackfriars, 92: 90–103. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-2005.2010.01358.x
- Issue published online: 2 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 12 JUL 2010
- Holy Spirit;
- Divine Milieu;
Not only did Pierre Teilhard de Chardin speak about the work of the Holy Spirit in the human heart and see the Holy Spirit as the driving force of evolution, but the human union and community of persons joined by mutual love, in what he called the ‘noosphere’, was clearly analogous in his mind to the Trinitarian union of persons. Yet the Trinitarian dimension of Teilhard's writings has received little attention. On Teilhard's understanding, the Holy Spirit is the power through which evolution becomes the awakening of soul or spirit in matter, rather than being random variation and natural selection. It is also the Holy Spirit who promotes spiritual evolution in the human heart and opens human eyes to the divine presence in the world. Finally, Teilhard's concept of the ‘noosphere’ is analogous to that of the Trinity, understood as a personal unity where neither the individual person nor the Trinity as a whole would be complete without the other.