In 1901, the students at the French Seminary were obliged, by civil edict, to leave France and continue their theological studies elsewhere. The French government was anti-clerical; laws were passed against religious orders. The Jesuits became a prime target and they were ordered to go out of the country. And where did they seek exile? In England. Among the French seminarians, was a young candidate for the priesthood, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.
In England, De Chardin and his classmates moved into a Jesuit community in Jersey. There, an Irish Jesuit called GEORGE TYRELL influenced and dominated the seminarians. This influence was so powerful that in the whole of England, there was only one Jesuit - George Tyrell. A fearful heresy was spreading through the seminaries at that time, and the man who was acknowledged as the ring leader was Rev. George Tyrell.
He was a very, very busy man: often lecturing at Oxford, holding teaching positions of influence, helping to write a monthly Jesuit magazine. He wrote endlessly about his notions of spirituality and the inner life. But Tyrell had one problem: He probably DID NOT BELIEVE IN GOD. A CARICATURE of God perhaps! Not 'the Triune God of Revelation; Supreme Being, Independent, with Freewill and Intellect, to Whom we are obliged to worship externally as well as internally.' He for sure did not believe in two things: the Virgin Birth and The Resurrection of Christ.
Semasa di England, De Chardin dengan seminarian sekelasnya memasuki komuniti Jesuit di Jersey. GEORGE TYRELL, seorang yang berbangsa
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