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Author QuotedErnst Benz
Title QuotedEvolution and Christian hope : man's concept of the future from the early Fathers to Teilhard de Chardin / Ernst Benz ; transl. from the German by Heinz G. Frank
Date (Year/Month/Day)1967/06/01
ImprintGarden City. NJ : Doubleday, 1966
QuotationI sit here with a wind breaker on. It is dark. As far as I am concerned it was a good day - quiet. Began writing the booklet on Camus'sPlague for Seabury Press. The Plague itself is impressive on second reading. A clearcut job. Reading [Ernst] Benz on Evolution and Hope [Garden City, NY, 1966]. The absurd hope of some nineteenth-century optimists. The future has to be better, man has to become a superman. Article of faith! Every bit as naive as the most naive myths about Adam and Eve.
JournalLearning to love: exploring solitude and freedom. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 6, 1966-1967.; Edited by Christine M. Bochen. / [San Francisco] : HarperCollins. 1997, p. 242
Link to Merton's Copy https://merton.bellarmine.edu/items/show/18262