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The Evolution of Religion, Society and Consciousness:
Reflections inspired by Teilhard de Chardin 

November 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm
Robinson Auditorium
UC San Diego campus

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The Evolution of Religion, Society and Consciousness
Reflections inspired by Teilhard de Chardin

Ursula King
Professor Emerita and senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol

The Lecture:

The discovery of evolution implies a profound revolution in human thinking and action. What are the implications of this new consciousness for religion, society, and conscieousness? The French palaeontologist and religious thinker, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955), sought a new spirituality for a world in evolution. His prophetic thought about "the planetization of humanity" - what is called "globalization" today - relates to global interdependence in all area of human endeavor, and bears on contemporary discussions about ecological and evolutionary spiritualities as well as international peace and social justice.


The Lecturer:

Ursula King has done extensive research on the writings of the French Jesuit scientist and theologian, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and she has applied his theology to an understanding of the world quest for spirituality. Her research and professional positions in univeristies in Asia, Europe, and North America have given her a truly international perspective on the field. Publications include "Spirit of Fire: The Life and Vision of Teilhard  de Chardin", and "Women and Spirituality: Voices of Protest and Promise".