Flannery O’Connor, Annie Dillard, and David James Duncan walk into a bar…

…to have a drink with Pierre Teilhard.

In 2001-02 I studied Theology at Regent College. There I took a literature course from Dr. Loren Wilkinson. His syllabus listed about a dozen books, including: Everything That Rises Must Converge, For the Time Being, and The Brothers K.

Having just now read Duncan’s essay “Assailed: Improvisations in the Key of Cosmology” in Where I’d Rather Go: More Essays Beyond the Comfort Zone by Susan Olding et al, I’m more convinced than ever that Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was onto It.

Funny because I wrote a paper about this back at Regent. And, while it’s probably embarrassingly bad, I still have it here.