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"Pleroma" in Teilhard de Chardin

The Divine Milieu NY, Harper & Row, 1968

p. 57 -- "consummation of the world (What Paul calls the Pleroma)"

p. 62 -- "with each one of our works we labour -- in individual separation, but no less really -- to build the Pleroma; that is to say, we bring to Christ a little fullfillment."

p. 122 -- "What is the supreme and complex reality for which the divine operation moulds us? It is revealed to us by St. Paul and St. John. It is the quantitative repletion and the qualitative consummation of all things: it is the mysterious Pleroma, in which the substantial one and the created many fuse without confusion in a whole which, without adding anything essential to God, will nevertheless be a sort of triumph and generalisation of being." -- and -- "the active center, the living link, the organising soul of the Pleroma" is Christ.

p. 125 -- "At every moment the eucharistic Christ controls -- from the point of view of the organization of the Pleroma (which is the only true point of view from which the world can be understood) -- the whole movement of the universe ... "

p. 143 -- "The divine milieu which will ultimately be one in the Pleroma, must begin to become one during the earthly phase of our existence."

p. 151 -- "...the living structure of the Pleroma." and "The Lord Jesus will come soon only if we ardently expect him. It is an accumulation of desires that should cause the Pleroma to burst upon us."


Human Energy NY: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1969.

p 69n -- "In the totalized Christian universe (the `Pleroma,' as St. Paul calls it), God does not ultimately remain alone: He is all in all."


Activation of Energy NY: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1970.

p. 149 -- "...The complete Pleroma coming together under the mediating action of Christ-Omega."

p. 226 -- The Aristotelian concept of the universe requires that [the] "Pleroma, whose cement (`sanctifying' grace)" must be considered "a mere `accident .' (!)"


Christianity and Evolution NY: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1974.

p. 16 -- "... consummated mystical body (that is, the Pauline pleroma). In the first place, since the pleroma is the kingdom of God in its completed form ... "

p. 17 -- "... the contact [with Christ] which is to ensure their integration into the pleroma."

p. 19 -- "to love one's brothers and to receive the body of Christ ... is organically to build up, element by element, the living unity of the pleroma in Christ."

p. 67 -- "The Incarnation ends in the building up of a living church, of a mystical body, of a consummated totality, of a pleroma (to use St. Paul's word that defies translation) ... "

p. 68, 69 -- the pleroma = the mystical body

p. 70 -- ways of conceiving a "graduated" type of union in the pleroma

p. 72 -- charity, the essential affinity in building up the pleroma

p. 83 -- "If God is to be able to give himself to the plural, he must unify it to his own measure. In consequence, the constitution of the pleroma, from the origins of the world until God, must necessarily make itself apparent to our minds by a progressive advance of spirit."

p. 171 -- "Ultimately God is not alone in the totalized Christian universe (in the pleroma to use St. Paul's word); but he is all in all of us (`en pasi panta theos' ): unity in plurality."

p. 177 -- "...the supreme importance attached by the most fully attested scriptural texts to the completion of the mysterious pleroma[.]"

p. 177 -- "God is entirely self-sufficient; and yet the universe contributes something that is vitally necessary to him: those are the two apparently contradictory conditions which participated being must in future satisfy explicitly, if it is to fulfill its twofold function of `activating' our will and `pleromizing' God."

p. 178 -- "... the organic vastness of the universe obliges us to rethink the notion of divine omnisufficiency: God fulfills himself, he in some way completes himself, in the pleroma."

p. 183 -- Pleromization, "the mystery of the creative union of the world in God."

p. 183n -- Letter to Pere J. M. Le Blond, April 1953: "The pleroma is more (in absolute value) than `God alone' before Christ has entered into it `with the world incorporated in himself.' The pleromization of being must one day be linked to `trinitization in some generalized ontology.' "

p. 198 -- mystery of pleromization as Creation, Incarnation, Redemption, three complementary aspects of one and the same process.

p. 203 -- Christology extended to the new dimensions of time and space ... the rise of an extreme expression of monotheism ... based on convergence at the summit of which ... a universal center of things radiates and ... is `pleromized.'

p. 227 -- St. John and St. Paul, sense of "the absolute value of a cosmic drama in which God would indeed appear to have been ontologically involved even before his incarnation. And in consequence, what emphasis on the pleroma and pleromization!"

p. 236n -- "3rd nature" of Christ, "a cosmic nature, enabling him to center all the lives which constitute a pleroma extended to the galaxies."


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