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American Catholics and the Church of TomorrowBuilding Churches for the Future, 1925-1975$
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Catherine R. Osborne

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226561028

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226561165.001.0001

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Pilgrims of the Future

Pilgrims of the Future

(p.115) Chapter Four Pilgrims of the Future
American Catholics and the Church of Tomorrow

Catherine R. Osborne

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the influence of the theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ, on how American Catholics experienced the Cold War and the space race. It argues that Teilhard's cosmic holism enabled them to envision a future of cosmic harmony rather than inevitable nuclear annihilation. It also examines interest in Teilhard among both Catholic and non-Catholic users of psychedelic drugs. Case studies of worship space include suggestions by the artist Louisa Jenkins, three "dream churches" commissioned by the magazine editor Maurice Lavanoux and meant for outer space or the depths of the ocean, and the architect and visionary Paolo Soleri's "arcologies."

Keywords:   Eschatology, LSD, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ, Space race, Cold War, Holism, Paolo Soleri

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