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Studies in Comparative Religion, Vol. 4, No. 3. (Summer, 1970) © World Wisdom, Inc.
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IN DEFENCE OF TEILHARD DE CHARDIN

Sir,

The current issue of S.C.R. inspires me to try again.

Considering Martin Lings' deeply moving "Signs of the Times" (as well as his review of The Transformist Illusion) in the clarifying light offered by Frithjof Schuon's article, "Dharmakara's Vow", I arrived at the following tentative inferences:

Outwardly, the principles and techniques of evolution (as outlined, with numerous flaws and omissions, by Teilhard) are utilized by God for (inter alla) the incarnation, development, and testing of mankind created in His image.

Inwardly, God enabled man to fall away from Him and implanted in him (through the religions) a childlike longing to be re-united and at rest in Him.

Esoterically, (1) could be said to manifest the masculine, and (2) the feminine aspect of God.

I can't help thinking it must be something like that, sub specie aeternitatis.

London, 22.5.70

H. F. RUBINSTEIN

 


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