The Phenomenon of Man

This video discusses de Chardin’s infamous book entitled The Phenomenon of Man.  Some interpret the book as a metaphysical work.  Others interpret it as a theological expression.  And still others propose that the book is simply a scientific treatise.  Each reader will have to come to his/her own conclusion.  The video reflects a scientific perspective of […]

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Teilhard de Chardin

By Christopher Zoukis  Image courtesy

He was at a friend’s apartment in Manhattan when it happened – the “grace of all graces.”  Looking out the friend’s window at the New York skyline, a sharp pain lanced through his chest.  Unconscious, he fell to the floor like a sack of potatoes.  Some time later he regained consciousness for a few fleeting moments.  He had no memory of toppling.

When the doctor arrived, after a quick examination of the man, he looked up and shook his head.  “Better send for a priest,” he suggested.

The priest arrived, but was too late.  The man was dead.  Last Rites were administered.  Then the body was removed and transported to a mortuary for routine preparation.  The mortician carefully embalmed the body.  Then it was necessary for the coffin to be selected, which is usually done by a family member.  Since no family members were present, a phone call was made to the headquarters of the Diocese of New York.  After a quick consultation, which concerned cost, a coffin was chosen.  Luckily, there was one in the warehouse.  Another phone call was made, and the coffin was shifted onto a delivery truck.  Upon its arrival at the mortuary, the coffin was inspected for damage.  It was perfect, except for a layer of dust it had gathered while in storage.  Someone swept the dust away, and ran a damp cloth over the exterior.

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