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Science reveals the spirit at the heart of creation


Smith, CJ, Science reveals the spirit at the heart of creation, EarthSong Journal, EarthSong Project, Australia, 2, 7, pp. 19-20. (2014) [Magazine Article]

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In his book ‘The Phenomenon of Man’, the great evolutionary scientist and theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wrote that, ‘The time has come to realise that an interpretation of the universe … remains unsatisfying unless it covers the interior as well as the exterior of things; mind as well as matter. The true physics is that which will, one day, achieve the inclusion of man in his wholeness in a coherent picture of the world.’

Many have pondered whether science has anything to offer the human spirit, so Teilhard’s insight is apt and profound. It recognises that as long as science concerns itself only with exteriors (‘stuff out there’), it cannot speak to our yearning for meaning and belonging. In Western culture, exterior-focussed science traces back to the Enlightenment. It was powerful. It uncovered the laws of gravity, Newton’s laws of motion and the laws of thermodynamics. It enabled us to probe the depth of the atom, predict the passage of a comet and understand the structure of a crystal.

Item Details

Item Type:Magazine Article
Keywords:science, creation, spirit
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Environmental philosophy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Smith, CJ (Dr Caroline Smith)
ID Code:125093
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-03-27
Last Modified:2018-03-28

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