Teilhard de Chardin

The Search For The Light In Evolution (Called into Life by the Light Series Book 3)

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
133 Pages
Reviewed on 06/19/2018
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Teilhard de Chardin: The Search For The Light In Evolution is a work of non-fiction by author Bernard J Fleury. The book forms Volume three in the Called into Life by the Light Series, and focuses mainly on philosophical issues posited by religion and belief. In his work, Fleury summarizes an accessible formation of the principles of Teilhard de Chardin, whose notion of Purpose Driven Evolution attempts to gel Darwinian thinking and scientific theory with the spiritual, overarching concept of God, the Creator and the Light. Fleury represents Chardin’s philosophy through this metaphor of evolutionary stages, and presents an uplifting message of hope and unity across the universe.

I am not a spiritual person by nature, though I have a keen interest in philosophy, but Bernard J Fleury presented a concept which intrigued me from the first page. Fleury’s retelling of Chardin’s teachings is concise yet emotive, and it’s very clear that the author has a true passion for his subject. Having said that, nowhere in the book did I find a message too pushy or judgmental. Teilhard de Chardin: The Search For The Light In Evolution is a well-balanced philosophical take, in which Fleury explains Chardin’s viewpoint whilst also adding examples of his own from modern scientific thinking to exemplify his ideas. If you’re looking for a thoughtful exploration of Purpose Driven Evolution, or indeed just a brand new way of thinking to stretch your brain muscles, you’ll get a lot out of Teilhard de Chardin. Overall, a fascinating and well-compiled read.

Romuald Dzemo

Teilhard de Chardin: The Search For The Light In Evolution is book three in the Called into Life by the Light Series by Bernard J Fleury, a slim book that will appeal to religious thinkers and philosophers, an essay inspired by the work of Teilhard de Chardin. What if there was something else in the beginning, something other than “the word”? What if there was light at the heart of creation, a fire that sets everything in motion?

In this essay, the author follows the thoughts of de Chardin and looks past the controversy around the origin of the world to appreciate the place of humanity in evolution. He explores Teilhard de Chardin’s concept of purpose-driven evolution and maintains that from the moment humanity comes into the history of the universe, that history begins to have a purpose, a perspective, because man is part of the evolution that understood — the part of it that could see. The author will demonstrate that even evolution isn’t a product of chance, but an unfolding of the light, of the will of God, and in this evolutionary trajectory humanity defines its place in the economy of God’s saving plan.

Bernard J Fleury’s book offers a fresh interpretation of the “phenomenon” of man, and where he fits into God’s plan of creation. In this book, the author explores the concept of “seeing” properly in order to understand creation and makes apt references to other thinkers and theologians, featuring the ancients as well as modern thinkers — Leonard Euler, Robert Boyle, Thomas Young, Augustin-Jean Fresnel, Francois Arago, Michael Faraday, James Clerk Maxwell, and many others. Teilhard de Chardin: The Search For The Light In Evolution is a book that gives a new meaning to light as a creative property of God. This essay is well-researched and presented with the clarity of one who knows what they are talking about. It’s as informative as it is inspiring.

Jamie Michele

Teilhard de Chardin: The Search For The Light In Evolution by Bernard J Fleury is the third installment of the Called into Life by the Light five-book series, preceded by How Jesus Christ Leads Us to the Kingdom of Heaven and The Mind-Body-Spirit Connection in the Medicine of Light. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was a Jesuit priest, geologist, and paleontologist in mid-twentieth century France, who traveled the world in the pursuit of answers that might help bridge the gap often associated between faith and science. Fleury has taken his work and composed it to further expand on Teilhard de Chardin's theories as they apply toward a balance between the concept of evolution, humanity, and the development of the earth, and the teachings of the Bible.

Teilhard de Chardin by Bernard J Fleury is an excellent resource for scholars, students, and scientists, as well as Christians who find themselves questioning either the aspects of scientific theory, the scripture of the Bible, or both. It's written concisely in an academic manner by Fleury, which is fitting given that he teaches as a college professor. In this book, Fleury digs even deeper, addressing the literary work and hypotheses of multiple intellectuals, both past and present, to present a compelling case. "Light is our origin, our mainstay, and our destiny. It is what forms and informs us. We are called into life by The Light, we live in The Light, and our destiny is The Light." I would recommend this book to any and all who are, as we all should be, open to alternate ideas based on a convergence of ideology and academia.