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The Life and Thought of Teilhard de Chardin Presented by Vernon Sproxton
1 May 1981 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth Of
TEILIIARD DE CHARDIN , one of the most remarkable and original religious thinkers of the 20th century. So revolutionary were the ideas of this Jesuit priest that the Holy Office in Rome would not allow him to publish any theological writing, and, apart from a few friends, nobody knew of his thinking until he died in 1955. But he had some admirers in the scientific establishment -
Julian Huxley and W. H. Thorpe were among them.
The programme tells the story of his life, from the small boy with an obsession for rocks, through his exile in China, where he played an important role in the discovery of Pekin Man. to his final banishment to New York, where he died. In the programme, among others, are Teilhard's colleagues, Pierre le Roy and George Barbour , people who knew him, like Robert Speaight. together with Sir Peter Medawar ,
Dr Ursula King , Professor Anthony Dyson , Claud Curling and Robert Butterfield.
Reader GABRIEL WOOLF Producer PETER FIRTH BBC Bristol
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