A PSB documentary on Teilhard de Chardin

This is a marvellous documentary, well worth watching, in my view.

Three things struck me as I watched it. Firstly, it is now a hundred years since Chardin got into trouble with Church authorities. It was the result of an article he wrote about interpreting the Genesis story of creation, and how his study of evolution had taught him that this cannot be taken literally, and how this new understanding raised questions about various Church doctrines, especialally in relation to the traditional understanding of Original Sin.

This is a long article, by Bishop John Shelby Spong. It is radical, and difficult in parts, but it makes great sense to me at this time in my life.

As the 21st century approached with millennial celebrations, I felt myself increasingly compelled to assess the state of the Christian religion throughout the world. There were multiple signs everywhere of its decline and perhaps even of its imminent death. Fewer and fewer people were attending European churches and those that did were rapidly aging. North American churches were breaking into either a vapid, liberal emptiness or a religious, anti-intellectual fundamentalism.
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