Academic journal article Theological Studies

From Teilhard to Omega: Co-Creating an Unfinished Universe

Academic journal article Theological Studies

From Teilhard to Omega: Co-Creating an Unfinished Universe

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From Teilhard to Omega: Co-creating an Unfinished Universe. Edited by Ilia Delio. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2014. Pp. v + 263. $30.

This collection of essays by international Teilhard scholars assembled by Delio is inspired by Teilhard's conception of "Omega" as the point toward which all evolution is moving. The book's 13 essays are grouped in four sections: "Theology and Evolution," "A New Philosophical Vision," "Spirituality and Ethics for a New Millennium," and "A New Vision of Science." Unfortunately, the book lacks a section devoted to Teilhard's relevance for ecological theology.

Several essays address implications of Teilhard's conception of an evolving cosmos for Christian theology. John F. Haughey assesses problems with metaphysics of "the eternal present" and proposes that God is "the ultimate Center of convergence for an unfinished universe" (22). In a similar vein, D. builds on Teilhard's proposal that Christianity is a religion of evolution with its divine source "up ahead" in the future and speaks of creation as the becoming of a "secular God" (45). Donald Wayne Viney discusses the directionality of Teilhard's conception of evolution. In an insightful response to Nobel Prize-winner Peter Medawar's scathing critique of Le phenomena humain (1959), Viney also astutely assesses the "new atheism" of Daniel Dennett (chap. …

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