America's Teilhard

by Susan Kassman Sack
Catholic University of America Press, 2019
Paper: 978-0-8132-3165-5, eISBN: 978-0-8132-3166-2

America’s Teilhard: Christ and Hope in the 1960s is a study of the reception of Teilhard in the United States during this period and contributes to an awareness of the thought of this important figure and the impact of his work. Additionally, it further develops an understanding of U.S. Catholicism in all its dimensions during these years, and provides clues as to how it has unfolded over the past several decades. Susan Sack argues that the manner and intensity of the reception of Teilhard’s thought happened as it did at this point in history because of the confluence of the then developing social milieu, the disintegration of the immigrant Catholic subculture, and the opening of the church to the world through Vatican II. Additionally, as these social and historical events unfolded within U.S. culture during these years, the way Teilhard was read, and the contributions which his thought provided changed. This book considers his work as a carrier at times for an almost Americanist emphasis upon progress, energy and hope; in other years his teleological understanding of the value of suffering moves to center. Additionally, the stories of numerous persons – scientists, theologians, politicians, and scholars – who became involved in the American Teilhardian effort are detailed.
A Short Biography of Teilhard
Teilhard’s Christological Vision
The Following Chapters
The Threshold of Change: 1955–1960
1. The Move across the Atlantic
Publications in Europe
The Cultural Milieu of the Late 1950s
The American Reception of Teilhard: 1955–1960
Final Thoughts
The Early Years: 1961–1964
2. Correspondence and Controversy
Early Teilhardian Interest
Increasing Controversy and Repercussions
The Teilhard Controversy in Europe
Controversy concerning an American Teilhard Organization
The Monitum and Its Interpretation
Final Thoughts
3. American Ties and Recovery
The Social Context of the United States in the Early 1960s
Concerning Americanism
The Cultural Situation in the United States
Reconciliation and the Recovery of Teilhard
Literary Responses to Teilhard
Final Thoughts
The Years of Hope: 1965–1967
4. The Social Context
Teilhard’s Influence on Vatican II
A Reflection on U.S. Historical Events 1965 through 1967
The Formation of the American Teilhard Association
Final Thoughts
5. The “Death of God”
Teilhard, the “Death of God,” and the Secular City
Conferences and Symposia
Publications by and about Teilhard
Final Thoughts
The Bitter Years: 1968–1970
6. The Social Context
Politics and Culture
Religious Issues
The American Teilhard Association
Final Thoughts
7. Publications
Publications concerning Teilhard’s Christological Vision
Teilhard and Henri de Lubac
Works in Interdisciplinary Journals
Publications concerning the Utilization of Teilhard’s Spirituality
Publications of a Secular Nature
Final Thoughts
Appendix: Teilhard Publications Worldwide per Year, 1956–1971

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