A unifying theory of evolution must accommodate two facts

1) Evolution is supported by all findings of modern science

2) A spiritual dimension permeates all life.

Such a unifying theory has been around for nearly a century. Henri Bergson (1859-1941) in his book attempted to add a spiritual aspect to evolution in his 1907 book  Creative Evolution (English version appeared in 1911) nearly a century ago.  His book was more a philosophical treatise than a scientific discussion; he was very vague about how creative evolution occurred.

Henri Bergson - image from Wikipedia

Piere Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) was the first scientist who presented a theory of evolution that fully integrated science with religion in his 1955 book The Phenomenon of Man (the English version appeared in 1959).  Because Teilhard was the first to show how evolution could involve a spiritual dimension, I call the grand unifying theory for evolution


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