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for another text that thematically i'm guessing (having not heard it yet) would be a worthy companion to this show and Armstrong's book is Annie Dillard's breathtaking (and i don't use that term lightly) non-fiction book, For The Timebeing.

one of several expertly woven themes is the story of Jesuit paleontologist Teilhard de Chardin digging in the deserts of China.

can't recommend it highly enough. a remarkable piece of writing.

looking forward to the programme.