The Teilhardian Vapor

Gilson wrote to de Lubac, “The ravages he wrought, which I have witnessed, are horrifying.”

George Sim Johnston writes,

“Teilhard concocted from evolutionary theory a kind of process theology that, among other things, implicitly denies the doctrine of original sin. Pope Pius XII once asked the great French thelogican Etienne Gilson to write a critique of Teilhard’s work. Gilson replied that such a task was impossible because Teilhard’s books were poetry and not philosophy. You cannot “refute” a poem.

Even Teilhard’s serious defenders, like Henri de Lubac, make constant apologies for his imprecise use of language. But habitual imprecision with words is a kind of primal offense in a theologian. Teilhard is one of those seductive thinkers, like Montaigne, who bristle with arresting insights and turns of phrase. But if you search their writings for a coherent metaphysics, yo find yourself pursuing a vapor.”

“You cannot get any benefit or any enlightenment from thinking about Teilhard,” Gilson wrote to de Lubac, “The ravages he wrought, which I have witnessed, are horrifying.”

– Catholic writer George Sim Johnston, Did Darwin Get It Right?: Catholics and the Theory of Evolution (Our Sunday Visitor Publishing, 1998), pp. 126-27.

Being ready. “…it is appointed for men once to die, and after that comes the judgment“— Heb. 9:27

Luke 12: 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes; truly, I say to you, he will gird himself and have them sit at table, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those servants! 39 But know this, that if the householder had known at what hour the thief was coming, he[e] would not have left his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an unexpected hour.”