Overkill: The Vatican Trial of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin by Niels de Terra
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House
- Pages: 454
- Publication date: 2016
Overkill is a work of fiction built on the actual electrifying adventures of Teilhard’s life. From calmly carrying stretchers for years through the horrors of the First World War to walking unknown paths in the world’s highest mountains we follow a man’s own adventures of discovery. Through physical challenges he conquered mental summits that are hard to imagine today. The man had a quiet natural courage whether facing real or verbal bullets. With determination he never stopped pressing on to reach the goals he saw set out in the cosmos. Even as a child Teilhard felt that he had to understand how the physical world worked. He studied fossils and rocks for what they could tell him about the formation of the world and of Man. Evolution was not a series of accidents. Darwin had missed something key. Evolution was a guided process, with ups and downs, but ultimately a positive process that would culminate in the Omega Point. Popular New Age writers and thinkers took up Teilhard’s ideas in the 1960s and they are also common in writings today. He was an optimist. He saw mankind moving in a continual positive direction. Despite horrific wars and disease he saw steady movement to a unifying human condition. He was a profound thinker and a determined rebel against an institution bound in tradition and dogma. As a trained scientist he was committed to follow the facts as he uncovered them. His concept of a global human consciousness (the ‘noosphere’) has today been revived by a new generation of thinkers, mystics and writers. It would be no surprise if the current Pope were to praise Teilhard’s ideas. And that would make this fiction become reality and realize Teilhard’s dream. Share the adventure with some laughs on the way. The trip is a rewarding one. Optimism can be contagious.
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