Spirit of FireThis course will teach students about the exemplary life, vision and legacy of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. A paleontologist of the first rank, Jesuit father, mystic, and shining intellect - Teilhard was all this and more, but not necessarily a household name for most. Teilhard died in exile on Easter Sunday in 1955 with only a handful of fellow Jesuits attending his burial. Yet, nearly 65 years following his death, thousands gather around the world to celebrate his life and legacy. Mikhail Gorbachev's notion of perestroika (restructuring) was heavily influenced by Teilhard's thought, and among the terms he coined are cosmogenesis, complexity-consciousness, the noosphere, and the Omega point.
Dave Pruett is an emeritus professor of mathematics at JMU, a former NASA researcher, and the author of "Reason and Wonder".
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