Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Pierre Teilhard de Chardin's thought has resulted in an unusual synthesis of science, theology and philosophy, though he insisted his discipline was science alone. Ironically, whatever he analyzed, was only the groundwork for a more complete and ultimate synthesis - a favorite word for Teilhard was convergence . Basic to his thought was his contention that modern science necessarily leads to a spiritual dimension in evolution. Established facts of science show not a pattern of mere chance, fact building upon f act, but rather a pattern established and drawn to its fullness and convergence by what Teilhard called Omega, "the figure of Christ wrapped in the mystery of His Resurrection and Parousia."1 Or as Cuenot , a noted biographer of Teilhard offers, the components of his thought were simply three: the Christian, the cosmic, the human.2