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Teilhard and the Future of Humanity$
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Thierry Meynard S.J.

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226900

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226900.001.0001

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Chapter 1: Feeding the Zest for Life: Spiritual Energy Resources for the Future of Humanity

Chapter 1: Feeding the Zest for Life: Spiritual Energy Resources for the Future of Humanity

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Ursula King

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DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823226900.003.0001

This chapter discusses the view of French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin on the future of humankind, and its further social, cultural and spiritual development. Teilhard argues that all of humankind should bear a profound sense of responsibility for the shape of its own future, and that this future must be developed in close interrelation with all forms of life, and with the whole of nature in its global and planetary dimensions. Teilhard de Chardin proposes several key ideas in order to achieve oneness for humanity. These include the zest for life in advancing the growth of humanity to achieve a better life for all, the noosphere as an expanding sphere of human thought and invention and the need for material and spiritual energy resources in assuring the future of humanity.

Keywords:   Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, humanity, zest for life, noosphere, human thought, invention, spiritual energy, human future

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