CREDOS: Winds of change — II

Emilie Griffin

Teilhard is more hopeful about the advance of progress than many observers. Possibly that is because he says we are not in competition with God. “The greater man becomes, the more humanity becomes united, with consciousness of, and mastery of, its potentialities, the more beautiful creation will be, the more perfect adoration will become, and the more God will find, for mystical extensions, a body worthy of resurrection.”

Many will say he would not have been so sanguine if writing his book after the arrival of nuclear destruction. On the contrary, Teilhard reaffirmed his early vision:

“Today, after forty years of constant reflection, it is still the same fundamental vision which I feel the need to set forth and to share, in its mature form, for the last time.”

How does Pierre Teilhard de Chardin propose that all humanity will come to be united in God? He does not say. He clearly is not suggesting a worldwide plan of house-to-house, neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood evangelisation. Yet the faith he speaks of is an evangelical faith by which the world will be united and transformed. Teilhard believes that God will invade human hearts by flooding them with grace and love.

God’s plan, Teilhard insists, is firmly in place of what Teilhard sees as the likely outcome of the powerful presence of Christ in the world, and also as its messianic hope. Such a vision of a world humanity united in God is not a political forecast.

It is instead a mystical and prophetic foretelling. Such will be our politics, social science and economics if we entrust them to mystic scientists like Teilhard. —, concluded