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Matthew Fox is a spiritual theologian, an Episcopal priest, and an activist. As a spiritual theologian, he has written 34 books that have been translated into over 60 languages. Among them are Original Blessing, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, A Spirituality Named Compassion, The Reinvention of Work, The Hidden Spirituality of Men, Christian Mystics, and The Pope’s War. He has contributed much to the rediscovery of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart and Thomas Aquinas as pre-modern mystics and prophets.

Fox holds a doctorate in the history and theology of spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris. The founder of the University of Creation Spirituality in California, he conducts dozens of workshops each year and is a visiting scholar at the Academy for the Love of Learning in Santa Fe, NM. In joining the Episcopal church over 20 years ago, Fox has been working with young people to reinvent forms of worship by bringing elements of rave such as dance, dj, vj and more into the Western Liturgy. The Cosmic Mass has been celebrated over 100 times and in dozens of cities in North America.

Fox is recipient of the Abbey Courage of Conscience Peace Award (other recipients being the Dali Lama, Mother Teresa, Ernesto Cardenal and Rosa Parks), the Gandhi King Ikeda Award, the Tikkun National Ethics Award and other awards. His latest books are Order of the Sacred Earth: An Intergenerational Vision of Love and Action; Stations of the Cosmic Christ; and A Way to God: Thomas Merton’s Creation Spirituality Journey. He teaches regularly at the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality in Boulder, Co and resides in Vallejo, CA.

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This powerful book was prompted by an invitation Matthew Fox received to speak on the centennial of Thomas Merton’s birth. Fox says that much of the trouble he’s gotten into — such as being expelled from the Dominican Order in 1993, after thirty-four years, by Cardinal Ratzinger (who later became Pope Benedict) — was because of Merton, who prompted Fox to attend the Institut Catholique in Paris to undertake a doctoral program in spirituality.

Fox reimmersed himself in Merton’s journals, poetry, and religious writings, finding that Merton’s marriage of mysticism and prophecy, contemplation and action closely paralleled that of Meister Eckhart, the thirteenth-century mystic who inspired Fox’s own Creation Spirituality. In A Way to God, Fox explores Merton’s pioneering work in interfaith, his essential teachings on mixing contemplation and action, and how the vision of Meister Eckhart profoundly influenced Merton in what Fox calls his Creation Spirituality journey.

A Way to God creates a methodology for understanding the vast contributions that Merton made to the history of spirituality. Readers will rediscover the beauty and depth of Merton’s thinking and his pioneering work in bridging the religions, as well as discover a new dimension to Merton: his journey as a Creation Spirituality pilgrim.

Matthew Fox is an internationally acclaimed theologian and spiritual maverick who has spent the past forty years revolutionizing Christian theology, taking on patriarchal religion, and advocating for a creation-centered spirituality of compassion, justice, and resacralizing of the earth. Originally a Catholic priest, Fox was silenced for a year and then expelled from the Dominican Order by Cardinal Ratzinger for teaching liberation theology and Creation Spirituality. Fox currently serves as an Episcopal priest, having received what he calls “religious asylum” from the Episcopal Church. With exciting results, he has worked with young people to create the Cosmic Mass to revitalize worship by bringing elements of rave and other postmodern art forms to the Western liturgical tradition. He has written more than thirty books, which have sold over 1.5 million copies in sixty languages. He lives in Oakland, CA.

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Matthew Fox on Thomas Merton

Published on May 11, 2016

Bestselling author Matthew Fox introduces his book A WAY TO GOD: Thomas Merton’s Creation Spirituality Journey and provides an overview of the vast contributions that Merton made to the history of spirituality. For more info http://bit.ly/1XlGa0w.

Released Date: September 13, 2013

The Occupy Wall Street movement and protest movements around the world are evidence of a new era of inter-generational activists seeking deeper spiritual meaning in their quest for peace and justice.

This book is a call to action for a new era of spirituality-infused activism. Authors Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox encourage us to use our talents in service of compassion and justice and to move beyond our broken systems–economic, political, educational, and religious–discovering a spirituality that not only helps us to get along, but also encourages us to reevaluate our traditions, transforming them and in the process building a more sacred and just world.

Incorporating the words of young activist leaders culled from interviews and surveys, the book provides a framework that is deliberately interfaith and speaks to our profound yearning for a life with spiritual purpose and for a better world. Each chapter is construed as a dialogue between Fox, a 72-year-old theologian, and Bucko, a 37-year-old spiritual activist and mentor to homeless youth. As we listen in on these familiar yet profound conversations, we learn about Fox and Bucko’s own spiritual journeys and discover a radical spirituality that is inclusive, democratic, and relevant to the world we live in today.

Table of Contents
Foreword by Mona Eltahawy
Foreword by Andrew Harvey
Introduction: Invitation to Occupy Your Conscience
1. Is It Time to Replace the God of Religion with the God of Life?
2. Radical Spirituality for a Radical Generation
3. Adam’s Story
4. Matthew’s Story
5. What’s Your Calling? Are You Living in Service of Compassion and Justice?
6. Spiritual Practice: Touch Life and Be Changed by It
7. No Generation Has All the Answers: Elders and Youth Working Together
8. Birthing New Economics, New Communities, and New Monasticism
Conclusion: Occupy Generation and the Practice of Spiritual Democracy
Afterword by Lama Surya Das

ADAM BUCKO is co-founder of the Reciprocity Foundation, empowering homeless youth to break the cycle of poverty, and HAB, an inter-spiritual contemplative fellowship focused on training young people in radical spirituality and sacred activism.

MATTHEW FOX is an internationally acclaimed theologian working in the creation spirituality tradition of Christianity. He is the best-selling author of 30 books, including Original Blessing, A Spirituality Named Compassion, and The Coming of the Cosmic Christ.

Adam Bucko – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Dec 24, 2015

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Adam Bucko is an activist, spiritual director to many of New York City’s homeless youth, and co-author of a new award-winning book called “Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation (Sacred Activism)“.

He grew up in Poland during the totalitarian regime and spent his early years exploring the anarchist youth movement as a force for social and political change. At the age of 17, Adam immigrated to America where his desire to find his path towards a meaningful life led him to monasteries in the US and India. His life-defining experience took place in India, where on his way to a Himalayan hermitage, he met a homeless child who lived on the streets of Delhi. This brief encounter led him to the “Ashram of the Poor” where he began his work with homeless youth. After returning to the US, he worked on the streets of various American cities with young people struggling against homelessness and prostitution. He eventually co-founded The Reciprocity Foundation, an award winning nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of New York City’s homeless youth.

In addition to his work with homeless youth, Adam established HAB, an ecumenical and inter-spiritual “new monastic” fellowship for young people which offers formation in radical spirituality and sacred activism.

He collaborates with spiritual leaders across religious traditions and mentors young people, helping them discover a spiritual life in the 21st century and how to live deeply from the heart in service of compassion and justice.

Adam is a recipient of several awards and his work has been featured by ABC News, CBS, NBC, New York Daily News, National Catholic Reporter, Ode Magazine, Yoga International Magazine and Sojourner Magazine.

Website: http://AdamBucko.com

The Forum at Grace Cathedral — The Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus; The Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox; and Adam Bucko

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A modern-day theologian’s call for the radical transformation of Christianity

• Echoes the Reformation initiated by Martin Luther in 1517

• Addresses the corruption and authoritarian tendencies that distinguish today’s Christian institutions from the spiritual message upon which they are founded

• Offers a new vision of Christianity that values the Earth, honors the feminine, and emphasizes spiritual tolerance

In 1517, Martin Luther, disgusted at the corruption then reigning in the Catholic Church, nailed on the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, 95 theses calling for a Reformation. During Pentecost week 2005, former Dominican priest Matthew Fox nailed at that same church door a new set of 95 theses calling for a reawakening of the Christian spirit and a repudiation of the authoritarian, punitive tendencies that prevail in modern churches today. Fox’s theses not only condemn the deep corruption in the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church, made evident by the pedophile scandal and the recent canonization of a fascist admirer of Hitler, but also speak to the loss of inspiration and resulting apathy that have emptied churches of all denominations.

Fox says, “At this critical time in human and planetary history, when the earth is being ravaged by the violence of war, poverty, sexism, homophobia, and eco-destruction, we need to gather those who offer a future that is one of compassion, creativity, and justice to speak their conscience as never before. Religion ought to be part of the solution, not the problem.” His 95 theses call for a New Reformation, a radical transformation that will allow us to move once again from the hollow trappings of organized religion to genuine spirituality.

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Matthew Fox-A New Reformation: Creation Spirituality and the Transformation of Christianity

A summarization or review of the book “A New Reformation: Creation Spirituality and the Transformation of Christianity” by author Matthew Fox. A brief explanation of what the book is about and how Christianity along with other Protestant churches that need a reformation.

Matthew Fox: Creation Spirituality (excerpt) – A Thinking Allowed DVD with Jeffrey Mishlove

NOTE: This is an excerpt from a 30-minute DVD.
http://www.thinkingallowed.com/2mfox….

A concern with nature and humanity is primary to the social conventions of organized religion, according to Matthew Fox, a Dominican priest and spiritual theologian. Fox is director of the Institute for Culture and Creation Spirituality at Holy Names College. Author of numerous books, including A Spirituality Named Compassion and the Healing of the Global Village and Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth. Editor of Creation Magazine, he proposes that spirituality is a joyful response to life itself.

Many people believe in angels, but few can define these enigmatic spirits. Now visionary theologian Matthew Fox and acclaimed biologist Rupert Sheldrake—pioneers in modern religious thinking and scientific theory—launch a groundbreaking exploration into the ancient concept of the angel and restore dignity, meaning, and joy to our time-honored belief in these heavenly beings.

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The Vatican, Angels and Modern Spirituality – Matthew Fox

Published on Nov 21, 2014
( GIC Production ) Excommunicated by Cardinal Ratzinger AKA Pope Benedict XVI, Rev. Matthew Fox speaks with me about that time and his new book with Rupert Sheldrake, The Physics of Angels.

Matthew Fox is an internationally acclaimed spiritual theologian, an Episcopal priest, and an activist who was a member of the Dominican Order for 34 years. He holds a doctorate, summa cum laude, in the History and Theology of Spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris. He has written 30 books that have been translated into 48 languages and have received numerous awards. Among them are Original Blessing, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, and The Reinvention of Work. Learn more about Matthew here: http://matthewfox.org

Rupert Sheldrake – The Physics of Angels (The justBernard Show)

Published on Nov 13, 2014
( GIC Production ) Rupert Sheldrake is a celebrated biologist and author best known for his theory of morphic fields and morphic resonance, and its vision of a living, developing universe with its own inherent memory. His most recent book, Science Set Free (in the US), won the Book of the Year Award from the British Scientific and Medical Network. The Independent, in its review, wrote “Sheldrake drags ten of the most powerful dogmas out of the basement and into the light of day; and does science, humanity and the world at large a considerable favour.”

Many people believe in angels, but few can define these enigmatic spirits. In The Physics of Angels: Exploring the Realm Where Science and Spirit Meet, visionary theologian Matthew Fox and acclaimed biologist Rupert Sheldrake — pioneers in modern religious thinking and scientific theory — delve deeper into the significance that angels have for us now. As we discover, angels are far greater and more powerful being than we knew and our belief in them can revolutionize our lives and the future.

Learn more about Rupert at http://sheldrake.org

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Pub Date July 08, 2014

Though he lived in the thirteenth century, Meister Eckhart’s deeply ecumenical teachings were in many ways modern. He taught about what we call ecology, championed artistic creativity, and advocated for social, economic, and gender justice. All these elements have inspired spiritual maverick Matthew Fox and influenced his Creation Spirituality. Here, Fox creates metaphorical meetings between Eckhart and Teilhard de Chardin, Thich Nhat Hanh, Carl Jung, Black Elk, Rumi, Adrienne Rich, and other radical thinkers. The result is profoundly insightful, substantive, and inspiring.

The author of thirty books, Matthew Fox has been an instrumental teacher and scholar in the revival of Western mysticism, particularly the work of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, and Thomas Aquinas. Fox teaches and speaks widely and lives in Oakland, California.

Meister Eckhart: A Mystic Warrior for Our Times

Best selling author Matthew Fox explains how the the teachings of the 13th century religious maverick, Meister Eckhart offers insights into how we can heal today’s most pressing issues.

Matthew Fox & Meister Eckhart – Mystic Warriors for Our Time

Two decades being expelled as a priest of the Dominican Order, Matthew Fox has continued to challenge the doctrines of the Catholic Church with books including last year’s The Pope’s War, and his teaching of Creation Spirituality. The author of 30 books, Fox has also been an advocate of education reform, working with young people to develop a more holistic approach to learning.

S&H columnist Rabbi Rami Shapiro spoke with Fox about his work.

Rabbi Rami: I know you have a deep interest in the Divine Feminine and the women mystics of the Church, and have just finished a new book on Hildegard of Bingen, an amazing German Catholic abbess of the 12th century. Tell us a bit about that.

The book is called Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Times, Unleashing her Power in the 21st Century , View Here and it’s my third book on her, actually. This fall, the Church will declare her a saint and Doctor of the Church—only the fourth woman to hold that title—and I felt it was important to celebrate her life and thought and not leave all the “spin” up to the present-day Vatican, for whom she can be quite a challenge.

How so?

Hildegard is committed to the Divine Feminine. She calls for circles over ladder-like hierarchies, for loving Mother Earth, for delighting in the glory and grace of nature. She explicitly criticizes emperors, popes, abbots, and bishops for their “ignoring lady justice,” and being surrounded by evil men who “scare even themselves cackling in the middle of the night.” She was a first-class musician and composer, a scientist, a healer, a painter, a mystic who rendered her visions into “illuminations” or drawings, a prophet who denounced the patriarchal guardians of society, and the author of 10 books.

And yet the Church is making her a saint.

She was fierce, and I really question whether the present papacy, despite that they are canonizing her, has a clue to what she really stood for and especially in the area of the Divine Feminine. There is no question that she felt her authority came from a source beyond ecclesiastical hierarchies. That’s why she had the courage to speak truth to power. She refuses to say that the pope is head of the Church; rather the “cosmic Christ” is, and that very much democratizes the Church since we all can experience the cosmic Christ through our mystical or intuitive psyches.

How does this tie in with your foundational ideas of the cosmic Christ and Original Blessing, which teaches that the creation of humanity is defined not by sin but by God’s blessing of life and purpose?

Obviously a theology of Original Blessing and of the cosmic Christ is more horizontal than a theology of top-down magisterial or “trickle-down” grace. Blessing and grace and the Christ consciousness are available for all.

How do you envision spirituality for the 21st century?

An integral part of any 21st century spirituality is what I call “deep ecumenism” or others call “interfaith” and “interspirituality.” Spirit works and has worked through all cultures and all religions—Vatican II supported this reality—and today humans cannot afford tribalism and hiding in their denominational boxes throwing stones or, what’s worse, missiles at one another. We have to dig up our deepest wisdom from all our wisdom traditions, and most of that wisdom we share in common, as I have laid out in my book One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from Global Faiths. The survival issues we face, such as dealing with global climate change, the depleting oceans and forests and soil and animals and seeds and plants—these are not restricted to any faith tradition. They are about the survival and sustainability of the planet as we know it and therefore of our species as we know it. Science too can and should join as part of the wisdom tradition.

A few years ago, we were together at your offices in San Francisco. You were working with kids and creating a spiritual path geared to them. How is that work progressing?

We ran a two-year program for inner-city teenagers attempting to reinvent education from the inner city out. It was very successful and is now going strong with a new name in Chicago. The key was bringing creativity alive in the learning experience of high school.

Today I am working with Adam Bucko of The Reciprocity Foundation in New York City, which is dedicated to assisting street youth. We are working on a book we call The Generation and the Quest for Spiritual Democracy . We’ve been surveying and conducting film interviews with 21- to 34-year-olds around the country involved in new forms of education, economics, politics, community, and religion/spirituality. These people are going to change everything as they get older, and the need for a new relationship between young and old is imperative. What we need is an “inter-generational wisdom” that will share wisdom from young and old alike.

Can you give us an example of inter-generational wisdom?

The issue of eco-justice is one. Also the need to balance contemplation with action. The need to honor our bodies and feed them well and exercise them accordingly. The issues of rendering education alive and creative, as opposed to boring and dull—and [making it] affordable. Learning as a spiritual experience, a sacred experience. Awakening the creativity in young people as this generation is being called upon to reinvent just about everything from religion to economics to politics and more. We need what Howard Thurman said: to put the God of life ahead of the God of religion. — S&H

An internationally acclaimed theologian and member of the Dominican Order, Matthew Fox was forbidden to teach by then Cardinal Ratzinger in 1988 and was later dismissed from the order.

His experiences make him uniquely qualified to write about Pope Benedict XVI. Fox delivers a blistering indictment of Ratzinger, from his early career to his years as chief Inquisitor, from his protection of reactionary groups like Opus Dei to his role in covering up the pedophilia crisis. But Fox also sets forth his vision for a new Catholicism–one that is truly universal and celebrates critical thinking, diversity, and justice.

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360 Vision – Heretic Interview with Matthew Fox

Interview with Matthew Fox, the foremost exponent of “Creation Spirituality,” a movement that seeks to revitalize Christianity by embracing mysticism, feminism, social justice, ecological awareness and the shamanic traditions of indigenous peoples. Fox, an outspoken American priest and theologian, explains his controversial spiritual philosophy.

A New Pope and “The Most Corrupt Vatican Since the Borgias”

Matthew Fox (former Catholic priest) discusses the Vatican’s work with the CIA and it’s alliance with far right political forces and Pope Francis’ opposition to liberation theology in Latin America.

In May, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI formally declared 12th century Benedictine nun Hildegard of Bingen a canonized saint, with the canonization ceremony scheduled for October. He regards her as one of the great thinker who has helped shape the thought of the Catholic Church.

Today there are many websites and Hildegard groups that celebrate and honor Hildegard’s teachings, philosophy, art, and music. Author Matthew Fox writes in Hildegard of Bingen about this amazing woman and what we can learn from her.

In an era when women were marginalized, Hildegard was an outspoken, controversial figure. Yet so visionary was her insight that she was sought out by kings, popes, abbots, and bishops for advice. A sixteenth century follower of Martin Luther called her “the first Protestant” because of her appeals to reform the church.

As a writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, healer, artist, feminist, and student of science, Hildegard was a pioneer in many fields in her day.

For many centuries after her death Hildegard was ignored or even ridiculed but today is finally being recognized for her immense contribution to so many areas, including our understanding of our spiritual relationship to the earth—a contribution that touches on key issues faced by our planet in the 21st century, particularly with regard to the environment and ecology.

In the pages of this book, Hildegard’s teachings – and warnings – live again. By pointing out the injustices of her time, we recognize them as the same injustices of our time – only magnified.

She warns us of the consequences of the mistreatment and marginalizing of women, oppression of the poor and powerless, destruction of our environment, and the dangers of a patriarchal system run wild.

Demanding reform of society’s institutions and social structures, Hildegard implores all of us to live in integrity with our espoused principles. She especially implores our leaders to wield their influence “wisely.”

Hildegard also tells us how to bring light to the dark places in our lives, and thus our world. She urges us to “be useful,” to nurture nature, to speak up against injustice wherever we find it. But she also reminds us to sing, to dance, to be creative, and to celebrate life.

Matthew Fox wields his pen passionately, putting us in touch with the animating and reforming power of Hildegard as she urges us to “wake up.” Dare we ignore her plea?

Matthew Fox

Matthew Fox (born 1940) is an American priest and theologian.[1] Formerly a member of the Dominican Order within the Roman Catholic Church, he is now a member of the Episcopal Church. Fox was an early and influential exponent of a movement that came to be known as Creation Spirituality.

The movement draws inspiration from the mystical philosophies of such medieval Catholic visionaries as Hildegard of Bingen, Thomas Aquinas, Saint Francis of Assisi, Julian of Norwich, Dante Alighieri, Meister Eckhart and Nicholas of Cusa, as well as the wisdom traditions of Christian scriptures. Creation Spirituality is also strongly aligned with ecological and environmental movements of the late 20th century and embraces numerous spiritual traditions around the world, including Buddhism, Judaism, Sufism, and Native American spirituality, with a focus on “deep ecumenism”.

Fox has written 30 books that have sold millions of copies and by the mid-1990s had attracted a “huge and diverse following”.[2] He was likened by academic theologians in one New York Times article[citation needed] to the controversial and influential 20th century Jesuit priest, philosopher and paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, particularly for his interpretations of issues such as the doctrine of original sin and the Cosmic Christ and for the resulting conflicts with church authorities.


Listen here Bob Hieronimus of 21st Century Radio interviews Matthew Fox The Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine, Hildegard, Pope Francis, the Cosmic Christ .

The election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the Papacy marked a series of historic Papal firsts–first Jesuit, first from the Americas and first from the Southern Hemisphere. But most moving was his being the first to take the name of St. Francis. At a time when the Vatican is embroiled in decades-long scandals of the Curia and its clergy around the globe, this act has inspired the world to hope for a church rebuilt in the spirit of his namesake, Francis. Former Dominican priest Matthew Fox presents a series of heartfelt letters to his brother in Christ about the great challenges facing the church today, drawing from the deep spiritual and theological sources that have been suppressed since Vatican II, and implores him to restore the sensus fidelium (the sense of the faithful) and reshape a church with justice and compassion.

Matthew Fox holds a Ph.D. in spirituality, summa cum laude, from the Institut Catholique de Paris. His long career of teaching ministry includes founding the Institute of Culture and Creation Spirituality, which was shut down after 19 years under pressure from then-Cardinal Ratzinger whose pursuit of him and other theologians led to Fox’s “silencing” in 1989 and ultimate expulsion from the Dominican Order in 1993. He started the University of Creation Spirituality and is author of 31 books on spirituality and culture including Original Blessing, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, A Spirituality Named Compassion and Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Times. He has been active as a priest in the Anglican community since being expelled from the Dominicans, teaching and working with youth to create a more just and compassionate world–one in keeping with spirit of St. Francis. Learn more at http://www.matthewfox.org.

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A New Pope and “The Most Corrupt Vatican Since the Borgias”

Published on Mar 13, 2013

Matthew Fox (former Catholic priest) discusses the Vatican’s work with the CIA and it’s alliance with far right political forces and Pope Francis’ opposition to liberation theology in Latin America.

It is no secret that men are in trouble today. From war to ecological collapse, most of the world’s critical problems stem from a distorted masculinity out of control. Yet our culture rewards the very dysfunctions responsible for those problems. To Matthew Fox, our crucial task is to open our minds to a deeper understanding of the healthy masculine than we receive from our media, culture, and religions. To awaken what Fox calls “the sacred masculine,” he unearths ten metaphors, or archetypes, to inspire men to pursue their higher calling to reinvent the world.

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Matthew Fox (Part Two) The Hidden Spirituality of Men

Matthew Fox (Part Three) The Hidden Spirituality of Men

Spiritual maverick Matthew Fox believes that through the ages religious patriarchal hierarchy and rigidity have obscured Christianity’s most beneficial and essential teachings: those that arise out of personal, mystical experiences of the Divine. A true religious renewal, according to Fox, can arise only through the mystical dimension of faith. In Christian Mystics, he offers a wide-ranging collection of quotations from Christianity’s greatest mystics and prophets of the past two thousand years. Fox explores and celebrates the mystical path with insightful commentary on the thoughts and revelations of some of history’s greatest religious visionaries.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Christian Mystics

The following questions are often included in interviews with Matthew Fox.

What is mysticism?

Mysticism is our deep experiences of unity—with nature, with music, with friends, with truth, with God. It is a work of the right brain more than the left brain; it is the essence of authentic religion and it is about experiencing, not intellectualizing. “Taste and see the Lord is good” says the Psalmist. Mysticism is about tasting. No one can do it for you.

What is the relationship between fundamentalism and mysticism?

Fundamentalism, unfortunately, tends to be more about rules and order and control than about mystical experience. It is often an enemy of mysticism.

You say that a lack of mysticism is what makes religion boring. Why?

Mysticism provides breakthroughs in consciousness and is often the basis of new, deep and creative breakthroughs. Religion without mysticism degenerates into rules and laws, dogmas and words and control compulsions. The left brain takes over and renders experience dull and unimportant.

You say that deep down we area all mystics. What is the key for connecting with the mystic within?

The key to connecting with the mystic within is to trust one’s deep experiences whether of Awe or of Silence, of suffering or of creativity, of justice-making and compassion. True mysticism leads to justice-making and the practice of compassion.

How did you choose which mystics to include in the book?

I paid special attention to those who are pre-modern such as Aquinas, Hildegard, Mechtilid, Eckhart, Julian and Cusa because post-modern times need pre-modern wisdom. And I paid attention to Jesus and Paul of course but also to twentieth century mystics who share sensibilities around current issues such as science and spirituality, sexuality and spirituality, ecology and spirituality, deep ecumenism and spirituality..

Do you have a favorite mystic? If so, who is it and why?

I have special regard for Hildegard, Aquinas and Eckhart because, being pre-modern, they were intent on linking science and spirituality and also justice and mysticism. If I were pushed to name one it would probably be Eckhart because he does such a breath-taking job of marrying art and creativity with mysticism and also justice and compassion with mysticism. And he walked his talk and was condemned by the corrupt papacy of his day for doing so. I also have favorites among the twentieth century mystics however including Dorothee Soelle, Fr. Bede Griffiths, Thomas Merton, Fr. Tom Berry, etc.

What is the difference between Mystical Christianity and regular Christianity?

Mystical Christianity begins with experience and leads to experience. It encourages creativity and the work of Spirit rather than excessive dogma and structure and control and institution-building. It honors the presence of Spirit in nature, in sexual sharing, in art and music and architecture and creativity in its multiple expressions. It practices silence and is not afraid of solitude. It is both personal and communal and it finds its full expression in service and work of justice-making and compassion. It also looks to make connections with the mystical practices (such as meditation) of other traditions than one’s own.

In your opinion, how does religion in Western culture need to change?

It needs to become less institutional, less about the religious-ego, and more about spiritual experience. Less about church and more about community. Less about “us” and more about kinship with all beings; less about the upper chakras of words and thinking and the rational and more about the lower chakras which are about dance and vibration and generativity and connecting to the earth and the cosmos.

You say that mystics teach us to be “drunk with love.” What do you mean by that?

Mysticism encourages letting go, getting high, expanding one’s consciousness, allowing joy to explode, going to the edge. As John of the Cross put it, “launch out into the deep.” Too many people are standing on the shore.

Are nature and mysticism related? How?

Most people I have interviewed over the past 40 years have their most powerful mystical experiences in nature and in studying nature. That should be no surprise since awe resides deeply in nature. That is why science can lead us to a deeper experience of mysticism and is no enemy of religious experience but an ally.

Which is more important — consciousness or technology? Why?

Rabbi Abraham Heschel observed that “Humanity will destroy itself not from lack of information but from lack of appreciation.” Expansion of consciousness is necessary for knowing how to steer technology and what technology’s deepest uses are. Technology, like everything humans give birth to, can be used for good or ill, for creation or destruction. Consciousness guides us into wise use of technology. Without it technology just ups the ante on human destructiveness.

Who or what is the Cosmic Christ?

The Cosmic Christ is the Christian archetype for the divine image present in every being, indeed, every atom in the universe. It is the “light in all things.” It is also, with its incarnation in Jesus, the wounds in all things. Divinity is both the light and the wounds in all things. All beings are other Christs therefore. And every human is meant to be another Christ.

Do you consider yourself a mystic? Why or why not?

I suppose so. I would not be qualified to write about mysticism if I was not in some way practicing what I preached.

What role does silence play in mysticism? Is it important? Why?

Silence is part of the via negative of the mystical way, the letting go of all things, all sounds, all projections, all thoughts. This emptying is necessary if there is to be a filling. How can there be mindfulness without mind emptying? Silence is one of the proven highways to the human heart (along with joy and moral outrage). Meister Eckhart says: “Nothing is so like God as silence.” And “all things seek repose.”

Rupert Sheldrake: Mystical Experiences

Science and spirituality collide when biologist Rupert Sheldrake and postmodern theologian Matthew Fox, explore the practical aspects of mysticism and the attainment of higher levels of consciousness

Matthew Fox on Chi For Yourself

This Chi For Yourself interview features Matthew Fox, talking about his book “Christian Mystics“, and about his dismissal from the Dominican Order by the Cardinal who would go on to become Pope Benedict.

Interview with Matthew Fox by Sharon Callahan on a very inspiring topic touching on animal advocacy and relationship.

• Fox marries mysticism with social justice, leading the way toward a gentler and more ecological spirituality and an acceptance of our interdependence

• A road map to fulfillment for the coming century

In A Spirituality Named Compassion, Matthew Fox, the popular and controversial author, establishes a spirituality for the future that promises personal, social, and global healing. Using his own experiences with the pain and lifestyle changes that resulted from an accident, Fox has written an uplifting book on the issues of ecological justice, the suffering of Earth, and the rights of her nonhuman citizens.

Fox defines compassion as creativity put to the service of justice and argues that we can achieve compassion for both humanity and the environment as we recognize the interconnectedness of all things. Working toward the creation of a gentler, ecological, and feminist Christianity, Fox marries mysticism and social justice, emphasizing that as we enter a new millennium society needs to realize that spirituality’s purpose is to guide us on a path that leads to a genuine love of all our relations and a love for our shared interdependence.

Matthew Fox is a theologian, educator, former Dominican priest, and the author of such popular books as Original Blessing and The Coming of the Cosmic Christ. The author of twenty-one books and the winner of numerous awards, he is also the founder and president of the University of Creation Spirituality and co-director of The Naropa Institute’s master’s program in Creation Spirituality, both in Oakland, California.

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Matthew Fox: Creation Spirituality (excerpt) – A Thinking Allowed DVD with Jeffrey Mishlove


NOTE: This is an excerpt from a 30-minute DVD.
http://www.thinkingallowed.com/2mfox.html

A concern with nature and humanity is primary to the social conventions of organized religion, according to Matthew Fox, a Dominican priest and spiritual theologian. Fox is director of the Institute for Culture and Creation Spirituality at Holy Names College. Author of numerous books, including A Spirituality Named Compassion and the Healing of the Global Village and Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth. Editor of Creation Magazine, he proposes that spirituality is a joyful response to life itself.

Dr. Matthew Fox: The Stanford Lectures: An Immersion in Creation Spirituality

What is the Creation Spirituality lineage and Why does it strike fear in the hearts of Inquisitors and Fundamentalists?

What does it mean to be Spiritual and adult in the 21st century?

What is the future of spirituality, religion and interfaith in our time?

Lectures:

1) Creation Spirituality: The Alternative Spiritual Tradition of the West

2) Creation Spirituality and Indigenous Consciousness

3) Science and Creation Spirituality

4) Darkness, Silence, Mysticism and Chaos Theory

5) Creativity!

6) Pre-modern Mystics of our Post-modern Times

7) Time for a New Reformation?

8) Reinventing Education and Ritual

9) Deep Ecumenism and Interfaith

Original Blessing (Lecture 1, Topic 2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCSn6iJdlqI&NR=1

Four Paths of Creation Spirituality (Lecture 1, Topic 4)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJ04BAZxyeE&feature=related

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