Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Divine Milieu by Teilhard de Chardin

Following my recent reading about one of my favorite writers, Walker Percy, I felt I had to look into one of his favorites: Teilhard de Chardin.

Teilhard de Chardin was a French Jesuit monk who was also a scientist--a combination Percy, as an MD and an artist with a spiritual bent himself, would understand. Pere Teilhard did extensive research and fieldwork in the fields of human paleontology and geology in the early 20th century, contributing to the advancement of the theory of evolution. He viewed his scientific research as an act of worship, as developing the awareness of Christ as the center of the universe and the entirety of the universe.

The Divine Milieu is probably Pere Teilhard's most important spiritual book. Here he addresses the spirit and the role of the world in the spirit. This book is extremely heavy going. It is definitely not the book to bring to the beach, but a careful reading will be repaid with a much greater insight into what our place in the world is and ought to be.

The library does not currently have a hard copy of The Divine Milieu (I re-read the dog-eared paperback I bought for an undergraduate philosophy class many, many, many years ago), however it is available free as an e-book here.

And speaking of e-books, if you haven't explored our collection of e-books available for check out, please visit our web page and sign up! With vacation season here, you'll find it is much easier to carry around a reader with e-books than a stack of hardbacks.

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