The Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness Forum just published their recording of Ursula King’s lecture on Teilhard’s evolutionary mysticism. A fascinating, two-part talk on the man’s life, passion, and most of all: spirit.
King is a brilliant academic and theologian, well established in both the US and abroad, known in evolutionary circles for having written Spirit of Fire: the Life and Vision of Teilhard de Chardin. Her latest work, Teilhard de Chardin and Eastern Religions: Spirituality and Mysticism in an Evolutionary World came out in 2011. Next year, I look forward to reading both.
In my undergrad I discovered Teilhard through my interest in finding intersections between religion and evolution. Behold, lying in the dungeons of Fordham University’s library was a whole shelf of Teilhard. I engulfed his writings in those years. They influence me today, in grad school.
Without further ramblings, here is Ursula King. I recommend brewing up a strong cup of coffee – or tea – and turning up your speakers.
For anyone interested in diving more into Teilhard’s work, here’s a little known (but mentioned in Carter Phipp’s recent book, Evolutionaries) text called Hymn of the Universe. This chapter is entitled, “The Spiritual Power of Matter,” and re-imagines Ezekiel’s fiery chariot as nothing other than a confrontation with the evolutionary Cosmic Christ.