Teilhard, Original Sin, and the Possibilities of Matter

A Zoom Conversation with Daryl Domning


Teilhard, Original Sin, and the Possibilities of Matter


Friday, July 24th, 4:00 pm – 5:30pm, ET USA (UTC/GMT-4)

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Now available via recording!

Daryl Domning

“If we have evolved out of stardust, where do ‘souls’ fit in?”


Many Catholic theologians today, in line with Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. (1881-1955), seem to have no problem reconciling Christianity with evolutionary biology. But what kind of theology can we make out of evolution? If God pronounced the creation ‘very good’, why are there evil and sin in the world? And if God is all-powerful, why doesn’t God do something about it? What can ‘Original Sin’ mean today, and why could Teilhard not persuade his superiors to accept his evolutionary view of it? Did Teilhard really not take sin seriously? If we have evolved out of stardust, where do ‘souls’ fit in?

What if there are no “souls” in the traditional sense—radically separate and separable from our bodies? Is “mind”, as the activity of the material brain, a sufficient substitute for an immortal soul? If Spirit and Love are the essence of reality, how are we to regard “mere matter”? Does it bother you to think that all you are—mind as well as body—might be “just” matter and the activity of matter? What might all this mean for the “resurrection of the body”, let alone other Christian doctrines? The answers might surprise you!

Join us online on July 24th for a thrilling conversation with Daryl, where we will explore souls, spirit and the very possibilities of matter!


About Daryl Domning

Daryl Domning is a paleontologist studying fossil marine mammals, and a professor of anatomy at Howard University in Washington, DC. He has an additional interest in the theological implications of evolution. In 2006, with the late Catholic theologian Monika Hellwig, he published Original Selfishness: Original Sin and Evil in the Light of Evolution.


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