SB: The Jesuit and the Skull. Amir Aczel (2007)
Allow me just a word of caution about Amir Aczel as a writer and researcher and a popularizer of science. I read his book, Fermat's Last Theorem. Checking his Wikipedia biography, I see that he as a PhD in statistics and is known as a popular lecturer in mathematics. However, when I read Fermat's Last Theorem, much of it seemed to me to have been written second hand by someone who did not actually understand the theories he was describing. He was woeful when writing about ancient Greek mathematics.
I found Simon Singh's Fermat's Enigma more profitable. Though "merely" a BBC producer, Singh did not make the blunders (that's a technical term from surveying) that Aczel did. Singh's work was much better.
So, what Chardin did or did not, believed or believed not, would perhaps be best determined by getting closer to the source, rather than taking Amir Azcel's word for it. (I agree, however, with what Stephen Boydstun wrote -- perhaps a result of my own ignorance on this topic.)
Joseph Rowlands: "Stephen, I'm certainly no expert on the Catholic church, but ... we didn't come from apes...we came from Adam and Eve. But ... "
Catholicism is not so easily derailed -- realize that just about to the day that Galileo was told not to teach the heliocentric model, Jesuits were taking exactly that model to Japan and China to help them update their calendars. Ironic, isn't it? As kids, we learned that Adam and Eve are symbolic. They must have been real, of course, but whether this being or that received the Breath of Life from the Touch of God, is for science to determine. Is Neanderthal "human"? If so, there are Adam and Eve. If Neanderthal shows no sign of volition, then we must look elsewhere. Regardless, there must have been an Adam and Eve somewhere and somewhen for us to be here now. The reason that no Catholic priest signed the Letter is that none needed to: the ignorance on that issue is entirely Protestant.
(Edited by Michael E. Marotta on 10/24, 7:28pm)