Heart of Matter: Biological Ascent

March 14

“Teilhard de Chardin described evolution as a “biological ascent,” a movement toward more complexified life forms in which, at critical points in the evolutionary process, qualitative differences emerge.”

Ilia Delio, Making All Things New

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“Teilhard de Chardin describió la evolución como un “ascenso biológico”, un movimiento hacia formas de vida más complejas en el que, en ciertos momentos críticos del proceso evolutivo, emergen diferencias cualitativas.”

Ilia Delio, Making All Things New

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  1. Darryl Nelson on March 14, 2023 at 8:57 am

    Key points as far as human history is concerned on this ‘biological ascent’ according to Brian Swimme, are the evolution from Chimpanzees to humans and the capacity of early Homo sapiens to evolve to self-reflexive thought.

  2. geemapox--George Marsh on March 14, 2023 at 10:26 pm

    Complexity is good, so is simplicity. The manifold is one within the one divine spirit, without whom the infinitely varied multiverses would not exist. Jesus prayed that all will be one. He revealed to Julian of Norwich (and to the world during the Black Plague) that all will be (is) well. Amen.

  3. Joe Masterleo on March 15, 2023 at 9:27 am

    Christogenic evolution starts out prebiotically and moves into its biological ascent, favoring the primates. It continues into the Axial Age(s), and with-it levels of spiritual consciousness that correspond to the degree of illumination obtained by grace and the spiritual practices. God is Light, a universal constant, the “Father of Lights, with whom there is no variation” (James 1:17). Divine presence is experienced by degrees (in titrated measures) along human lines based on spiritual growth, giftings, and spiritual capacity. Capacity ranges from opaque in the unregenerate, to various states of evolved luminosity in the spiritually awakened (telestials), as they move deeper into the mystery, absorbed (grafted) more fully into the divine image and likeness toward the celestial realm. A phylum unto themselves, telestials are light beings and light workers on earth (homo elector). In the celestial realm there’s no step-down illumination because everything is luminous, shining self-luminously like the sun, where “the Lamb is its lamp” (Rev 21:23). This is the realm of the radiant body (bliss body) seen in the Transfiguration, known in the ancient world as the realm of the deities, gods, and mythologies.

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