Gnosis with the Mostest

On more than one occasion, I’ve heard Episcopal priests use this quote from Teilhard de Chardin, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but we are spiritual beings having human experience.”

What sayeth ye readers? Is what the Frenchmen says true?

9 thoughts on “Gnosis with the Mostest

  1. Think about what is eternal. Our human nature or our soul?
    This human life is passing, it will be over in such a short expance of time compared to our eternal experience.

    In general I would agree

  2. What difference does it make?
    Father what kind of priest are you?
    What version of the bible does your church use?
    Do you ordain women?
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  3. We hold this treasue in earthen vessels. Mortality takes on immortality and the corruptable becomes incorruptable, THANKS BE TO GOD!!!!
    Love the quote, one of my favorites.

  4. Father, May I ask a question about:

    olympiada said…
    What version of the bible does your church use?


  5. Our church uses the NRSV, mainly because someone bought a bunch to put in the pews. I don’t mind it, but I prefer the NIV and the NKJV. I also like the Jerusalem Bible. The advantage of the NRSV, RSV, and Jerusalem is that they have the deuteral-canonicals texts in them. (I like the old-time religion)

  6. Oly,

    I am an Episcopal priest. There are varieties of Episcopal Churches. Ours is more on the conservative side.

  7. good…but the question i have is, what exactly defines a “human experience”? If we make God or standard for spiritual expression, then what is our standard for humanity? is there one?

  8. “Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.” – Yoda.

    Yep, both Chardin and Yoda strike me as gnostic as all get out. And, Fr. Neo, your post title betrays your true thoughts, νε?

  9. In defense of the ol’ Jesuit he wasn’t a Gnostic in the truest sense of the word. Pierre was a lot of strange things to be sure and often to the chagrin of Rome, but he wasn’t anti-matter.

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