November 1961

The Divine Milieu

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By Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Price, $3. Pp. 144, with no illustrations. Harper & Brothers, 49 E. 33d St., New York 16, 1960.

Arch Intern Med. 1961;108(5):814-815. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620110154041

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To me the word theology is a contradiction in terms for I cannot see how there can indeed be an objective science of the subjective. On the other hand, the reality of religion and religious experience which often is so lightly denied by those of a scientific bent, particularly with our crass and harsh attitudes of the day, constitutes one of the cardinal realities of existence. Father de Chardin's Phenomenon of Man and its phenomenal success a couple of years ago is seen now in context with The Divine Milieu which his literary executors have seen fit to issue after the prior release of the book which had been written later. Perhaps now The Phenomenon of Man is more comprehensible as the second in a series rather than as the primary or major work. Those who criticized The Phenomenon of Man, chiefly scientists, have criticized it on the basis of

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