Christ the Evolver

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.

And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through some stages of instability—
and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually—let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.

-Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

As many of you may know I am a bit of a Teilhardian (aka someone who is very influenced and appreciative of the work, thoughts, and vision of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin) with a deep love for his cosmic vision of Christ and the universe.

In Christianity and Evolution Teilhard coins the term “Christ the Evolver” to refer to what he calls the third and cosmic nature of Christ. This descprtion for Christ has stuck with me over the years and I have spent much time thinking about what an Icon of this “Christ the Evolver” would look like. I am a pretty artsy person but painting really isn’t my jam so last night I decided to stay up late and see if I could bring this icon idea to life through the medium of digitally composite art. I can’t say I am 100% satisfied with it but I thought I would share with you what I came up with using the Pantocrator of Sinai Icon as the foundation of the piece.

I hope it compels you toward contemplation of the cosmic Christ.