Teilhard's Transubstantiation of Earth: Aim of the Opus Magnum

On July 24, 2009 Pope Benedict XVI delivered a homily in northern Italy's Cathedral of Aosta before Vespers. Toward the end of his homily he praised the French Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin as a model for priests, attributing to him the idea of a cosmic liturgy, which he said was something they should aim to achieve:

"So our address to God becomes an address to ourselves: God invites us to join with him, to leave behind the ocean of evil, hatred, violence and selfishness and to make ourselves known, to enter into the river of his love...."Let Your Church offer herself to You as a living and holy sacrifice. This request, addressed to God, is made also to ourselves. It is a reference to two passages from the Letter to the Romans. We ourselves, with our whole being, must be adoration and sacrifice and, by transforming our world, give it back to God." (Benedict XVI Praises Cosmic Liturgy of Teilhard de Chardin; traditioninaction.org)

Teilhard (1881-1955) was a heretic, a New Age Hindu-style pantheist who sought fusion of opposites, for example, of supernatural Christian theism with Darwinian evolution, of the supernatural realm of the living, Triune God with the material realm (eternally existing or spontaneously generated matter--the Divine One Substance and its seething energies), of Jesus Christ with Lapis Philosophorum (enlightenment, elixir of life, the Omega Point), and man with Omega point, the very substance of God.

Teilhard's quest is the ages-old alchemist's dream of perfecting the material world or cosmos and thereby transmuting (deifying) himself by way of his own fusion with the Ultimate One Substance (divine Mens, Omega), or divine energy,

"...the fixed center from which all material energies emanate." (The Meaning of the Magicians, Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier, p. 118)

Pauwels and Bergier's book heralded a new dawning of an age of alchemy. Like Carl Jung, they understood the religious impulse of alchemy,

"For the alchemist, it must never be forgotten that power over matter and energy is only a secondary reality. The real aim of the alchemist's activities, which are perhaps the remains of a very old science belonging to a civilization long extinct, is the transformation of the alchemist himself, his accession to a higher state of consciousness...Everything is oriented towards the transmutation of man...his deification, his fusion with the divine energy...(and) as Teilhard put it: 'The real aim of physics should be to integrate Man as a totality in a coherent representation of the world." (ibid)

Alchemy is above all the ancient science of the secret initiates, the gnostic magicians who sought esoteric knowledge (the Philosopher's Stone) in their quest to perform the great work. Mircea Eliade explains:

"The aim of the opus magnum (great work) was at once the freeing of the human soul and the healing of the cosmos....In the eyes of the alchemists, observes Jung, Christianity saved man but not nature. It is the alchemist's dream to heal the world in its totality; the Philosopher's Stone is conceived as the Filius Macrcosmoi who heals the world...The ultimate goal of the opus is Cosmic Salvation; for this reason, the Lapis Philosophorum is identified with Christ." (The Forge and the Crucible: The Origin and Structure of Alchemy, 1956, p. 225)

In pursuit of his quest, Teilhard de Chardin started a New Religion:

"As you already know, what dominates my interest and my preoccupations is the effort to establish in myself and to spread around a new religion (you may call it a better Christianity) in which the personal God ceases to be the great Neolithic proprietor of former times, in order to become the soul of the world; our religious and cultural stage calls for this.” (Lettres a Leontine Zanta, quoted by von Hildebrand in Trojan Horse in the City of God, 1967, p. 239)

Teilhard consciously abandoned the 'old' forms of Christian theism with its' hope of eternal life in Paradise in favor of modern, secular scientific ones. He had nothing but contempt for,

"...all those goody-goody romances about the saints and the martyrs! Whatever normal child would want to spend eternity in such boring company?" (Genesis, Creation, and Early Man, Fr. Seraphim Rose, p. 584)

We need a 'new definition of holiness,' said Teilhard, one that is predicated upon evolutionary change:

"The modern world is a world in evolution; hence the static concepts of the spiritual life must be rethought and the classical teachings of Christ must be reinterpreted." (ibid)

Teilhard secularized and pantheitized Christianity as well as spiritualizing science and Darwin's materialist theory to become the prophet of alchemy who has discovered that through fusion of universal evolutionism and Christianity the cosmos becomes divine, thus he promises to fulfill the ancient quest....the aim of the opus magnum. Now said Teilhard:

"...I can increase the density of the divine atmosphere...that atmosphere in which it is always my one desire to be immersed...." (ibid)

Now that the divine atmosphere or cosmos (World) is God, and the cosmos is evolving, then God too is in process of evolving, therefore,

"...the World...endomorphizes God, and that God....transforms himself as He incorporates us...All around us and within our own selves, God is in the process of changing...." (The Heart of the Matter, de Chardin, pp. 52-53)

Rejecting the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo, 'the earlier conception that God could create instantaneously,' Teilhard teaches instead that God is both the Evolver and the object of evolution and,

"...cannot create except evolutively." (Christianity and Evolution, de Chardin, p. 179)

In opposition to the traditional Christian belief in an omnipotent, omniscient, living, personal God Who creates effortlessly, Teilhard defines God as an impersonal "it" and writes:

"...God's power has not so free a field for its action as we assume; on the contrary...it labors to produce...it is always obliged, in the course of its creative effort, to pass through a whole series of intermediaries and to overcome a whole succession of inevitable risks..." (ibid, p.31)

Toward the evolution of human consciousness, the impersonal "it' has evolved through three stages:

1. cosmogenesis (spontaneous generation or evolution of inanimate matter from nothing)

2. biogenesis (biological evolution)

3. noogenesis, the evolution of human thought which heralds the emergence of "cosmogenesis-God" that replaces,

"...the Father-God of two thousand years ago.." (ibid, p. 202)

Christians should not fear the process of evolution said Teilhard, because it fuses them with the substance of God:

"Though frightened for a moment by evolution, the Christian now perceives that what it offers him is a magnificent means of feeling more at one with God. In (the old, traditional form of Christianity), the universal domination of Christ could...still be regarded as an extrinsic and superimposed power. In a spiritually converging world, this 'Christic' energy acquires an urgency and intensity of another order altogether." (Seraphim Rose, p. 590, emphasis added)

Teilhard saw in communist socialism the germ of a totalist (fused) world order:

"Teilhard....admired any form of totalitarianism simply because it seemed to prove his theory of convergence, whether it was Hitler or Stalin or the early Mao Tse-Tung did not seem to worry him very much." (Zen, Drugs, and Mysticism, R.C. Zaehner, p. 181)

As a son of the Roman Catholic church, Teilhard describes the fusion or convergence of cosmogenesis-God, the cosmos, and man ( the Great Work), as "Transubstantiation" of the earth,

"As our humanity assimilates the material world, as the Host (i.e., Roman Catholic eucharist) assimilates our humanity, the eucharistic transformation goes beyond and completes the transubstantiation of the bread on the altar. Step by step it irresistably invades the universe...The sacramental Species are formed by the totality of the world, and the duration of the creation is the time needed for its consecration." (Genesis, Creation, and Early Man, Fr. Seraphim Rose, p. 587)

According to Teilhard, transubstantiation of the earth is the great event which we are awaiting, the act of adoration in which we are allied and mutually exalted in the passionate desire to conquer the World (God) and fuse ourselves with Him,

"...the vital act...corresponding to a new age of Earth." (ibid, p. 590)

Teilhard is almost without question the spiritual father of the rising tide of spiritual and political globalism now taking the West and America by storm. He formulated the dominant conceptual framework for a planetary religion and totalist (spiritually totalitarian) social order. Describing himself as a mystic and an evolutionary scientist, Teilhard taught that the spiritual, religious and political unification of the earth was the next great evolutionary leap to come and that this totalist fusion was as necessary for the survival of mankind as is the fusion of polar opposites (i.e., good with evil, male with female) and the transformation of the Hindu god Shiva by Christ:

"It is not enough to refuse or ridicule Shiva: for he exists. What is necessary, is to Christify him. Christ would not be complete if he did not integrate Shiva (as a component), whilst transforming him." (Towards a New Mysticism: Teilhard de Chardin and Eastern Religions, Ursula King)

Whether it is called Transubstantiation of the earth, Cosmic Liturgy or the Planetary Mass, the fusion of cosmogenesis-God and the cosmos is being celebrated here in America at New York City's Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral. In "One World," Tal Brooke writes,

"..the high priestly celebrant and innovator of the Planetary Mass was Matthew Fox, the renegade New Age Catholic priest....Now it was time for main line Protestantism, open-minded and liberal, to welcome the heretical Catholic priest into its ranks..." (p. 185)

These two Cathedrals are preparing the way for the Cosmic Millenium (Transubstantiation of earth). They are the gateways through which all of the world's nature religions and philosophies converge. They are the Western gesture,

"...towards syncretism---spiritual disarmament---involving abandonment of history, tradition, and religious sovereignty." (p. 187)

All are invited to the New Age Cosmic Millenium except for supernatural orthodox Christians and faithful Jews because:

"Only the good evolves---'good' meaning that which is capable of aligning with the whole emerging systems...A Quantum transformation is the time of selection of what evolves from what devolves....We are now in a sorting-out phase. Those who elect to transform are now being magnetized by their attraction to the next phase. Those who do not elect to transform are being turned off by their repulsion to the next phase. By attraction and repulsion the selection is being made." (New Age globalist Barbara Marx Hubbard, ibid, p. 197)

@Linda Kimball