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Book Review: Christ and the Universe by Robert Hale

by Peter Menkin  
1/19/2009 / Book Reviews

Edifying and understandable

This is a book that originally was a doctoral thesis, mine printed around 1972. It is a work that allows the reader to participate in a thought process and intuitive, yes even intuitive, scholarly study of Teilhard de Chardin and the Cosmos. I recommend the book, a slim volume of good writing that is understandable to the layman or anyone interested in the cosmic idea of the Christ and the considerations of God (the Triune) in our lives.

The writer, who is known to me as the Very Reverend is part of the Order of Saint Benedict, Camaldoles. The work holds the imprint of his order, showing its acceptability as doctrine.

What I like most about the book is that one can follow the thoughts and scholarship, with its excellent references. The author, Father Robert, has let us in on the look at a four-fold analysis of de Chardin through scripture, tradition, reason, and scholarship. As he says in his conclusion, "Teilhard's central thesis is that the universe is intrinsically and organically Christic, that it constitutes the `cosmic Body of Christ.'"

Finding a hardback copy may be difficult, so I recommend going through Amazon to get yourself one, or if you are lucky as I was to find it in a Church in Berkeley among the sharing stacks of books (All Souls, Episcopal). That may be likely at some similar places, but there is not another one there. The copy I have, which is 125 pages long is published by Franciscan Herald Press as a work of theology. This is a Catholic publishing house. My opinion is that Christians, including the mainstream, will find this book edifying and understandable. Good exercise for your reading skills, too.

--Peter Menkin, Mill Valley, CA USA

Peter Menkin, an aspiring poet, lives in Mill Valley, CA USA where he writes poetry. He is an Oblate of Immaculate Heart Hermitage, Big Sur, CA and that means he is a Camaldoli Benedictine. He is 64 years of age as of 2010.

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