Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Christian Mysticism and the Creative Power of Technology
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955), a Christian thinker marginalized by conventional Catholic culture, outlines a theological discourse in which biological evolution and the expansion of the creative power of technoscience constitute the new backgrounds of understanding Christianity. In fact, he displaces the representation of the relationship between God, world, and man, from the horizon defined by the vision of God as the original foundation of an immutable order of the world and of human life to which “classical metaphysics” and the religious mentality are connected. To this reconfiguration of the religious imaginary, the Jesuit connects a vision of Christianity as a practice of activating and supporting the creative action of a humanity that, through the expansion of the cognitive and operational power of technoscience, is capable of giving progress to the “relaunching” of evolution.
Received 12 September 2019. Revised 11 November 2019. Accepted 11 November 2019. Published online 07 January 2020
Gianfilippo GiustozziIstituto Teologico Marchigiano
Istituto Superiore Scienze Religiose di Pescara