Read full document

Nick Lee

Page 1 of 7
Nicholas Lee
Mr. Lace
Theology IV: Honors
26 November 2012
First Trimester Project
A worldview, which is a basic set of beliefs from which decisions are made, is a concept that every human has and uses throughout their life to make choices. People use these beliefs and experiences to develop existential questions, or questions about reality. These questions are what ultimately influence one’s beliefs. Whether it is the concept of evil, evolution, or pure spirituality, questions about our purpose here on Earth have been studied and examined for thousands of years. Until 1858, when Charles Darwin released his Theory of Evolution and Natural Selection, few people questioned the Church’s teachings on the creation of Man and Original Sin. Most accepted the Catholic Church’s interpretation of Genesis 3 as fact with no real tangible evidence. This all changed after Darwin’s Theory, when people began to question the Church’s teachings on the creation of man. Christian philosophers such as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin thoroughly analyzed Darwin’s Theory in correlation with the Church’s teachings and began to request the reform of the Catholic Church’s interpretation of Genesis 3. “Our Christology is still expressed in exactly the same terms as those which, three centuries ago, could satisfy men whose outlook on the cosmos it is now physically impossible for us to accept.” (Teilhard p.77). It is clear that Teilhard had come to terms with this ever changing evolving universe and had come to terms that teachings such as the interpretation of Genesis 3 had to be revised. In his work he also seems quite fed up with the lack or revision on the particular issue. “To my mind, the whole internal vitality (and in consequence the whole diffusive power) of Christianity depends today on finding a solution to a problem that has always been shelved” (Teilhard p. 76) Teilhard quotes in his piece, Christology and Evolution, “…a primary disorder cannot be justified in a world which is...