Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ (May 1, 1881 – April 10, 1955) was a French philosopher and Jesuit priest who trained as a paleontologist and geologist and took part in the discovery of Peking Man and Piltdown Man.
Teilard conceived the idea of the Omega Point and developed Vladimir Vernadsky's concept of Noosphere.
Teilhard's primary book, THE PHENOMENON OF MAN, set forth a sweeping account of the unfolding of the cosmos. He abandoned traditional interpretations of creation in the Book of Genesis in favor of a less strict interpretation. This displeased the Roman Curia and his own order, The Jesuits, who thought that the book undermined the doctrine of original sin developed by Saint Augustine so his book was not published until after his death many years later.
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