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Western Spirituality: Historical Roots, Ecumenical Routes
Religion USA (1971)
On Becoming a Musical, Mystical Bear: Spirituality American Style (1972)
Breakthrough: Meister Eckhart's Creation Spirituality, In New Translation (1980)
A new translation of thirty-seven of the sermons of Meister
Eckhart, the fourteenth-century priest and mystic. Best-selling author
Matthew Fox brilliantly interprets Eckhart's themes and creates a
spiritual path for the nineties. See also
Passion for Creation: The Earth-honoring Spirituality of Meister Eckhart
Whee! We, Wee All the Way Home: A Guide to Sensual Prophetic Spirituality (1980)
This practical book leads us into a spirituality of passion that
leads to compassion--coming to our senses in every meaning of the phrase.
This book of simple meditations exemplifies the creation-centered
spirituality of Meister Eckhart, a 13th-century mystic, prophet, feminist,
and declared heretic.
Meditations with Meister Eckhart (1983)
Fox shows how Christianity once celebrated beauty, compassion,
justice, and provided a path of positive knowledge and ecstatic connection
with all creation.
Original Blessing: A Primer in Creation Spirituality Presented in Four Paths, Twenty-Six Themes,
and Two Questions (1983)
An introduction to the life and work of Hildegard.
Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen (1985)
Reveals the life and teachings of one of the greatest
female artists and intellectuals of the Western Mystical Tradition.
Contains 24 full-color illustrations by Hildegard of
Includes commentary by Matthew Fox, author of Original
Blessing (250,000 sold).
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was an extraordinary woman
living in the Rhineland valley during most of the twelfth century. Besides
being the abbess of a large and influential Benedictine abbey, she was a
prominent preacher, healer, scientist, and artist. She also was a composer
and theologian, writing nine books on theology, medicine, science, and
physiology, as well as 70 poems and an opera. At the age of 42, she began
to have visions; these were captured as 36 illuminations--24 of which are
recorded in this book along with her commentaries on them. She also wrote
a text describing these visions entitled Scivias (Know the Ways), now
published as Hildegard of Bingen's Mystical Visions.
Author Matthew Fox has stated, "If Hildegard had been a man, she would be
well known as one of the greatest artists and intellectuals the world has
ever seen." It is a credit to the power of the women's movement and our
times that this towering genius of Western thought is being rediscovered
in her full grandeur and autonomy.
Virtually unknown for more than 800 years in Western history, Hildegard
was featured as one of the women in Judy Chicago's Dinner Party in the
early 1980s and published for the first time in English by Bear & Company
in 1982. In addition to her mystical teachings, Hildegard's music has been
performed and recorded for a new and growing audience.
As revealed in these writings, Hildegard's mystical ordering of
the universe involves a profound connection between the divine and the
material planes, serving to reunite with science in a dynamic, holistic
Hildegard of Bingen's Book of Divine Works: With Letters and Songs (1987)
A comprehensive description of the transformation of
Christianity, by the bestselling theologian who has defined this spiritual
The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (1988)
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.
A Spirituality Named Compassion (1990)
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.
From Matthew Fox, the popular and controversial author of The
Coming of the Cosmic Christ, a prophetic manifesto for the
preservation of the planet.
Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth (1991)
For those new to the works of Matthew Fox, and for those eager to learn
his thoughts after his Vatican-ordered public silence, comes this
introduction to creation spirituality--Fox's framework for a far-reaching
spirituality of the Americas.
Passionate and provocative, Fox uncovers the ancient tradition of a
creation-centered spirituality that melds Christian mysticism with the
contemporary struggle for social justice, feminism, and environmentalism.
Basic to Fox's notion of creation spirituality is the gift of awe--a
mystical response to creation and the first step toward transformation.
Awe prompts indignation at the exploitation and destruction of the earth's
people and resources. Awe leads to action.
Showing how we can learn from each other, Fox's spirituality weds the
healing and liberation found in both North and South America. Creation
Spirituality challenges readers of every religious and political
persuasion to unite in a new vision through which we learn to honor the
earth and the people who inhabit it as the gift of a good and just
Moving beyond the scholasticism and rationalism that have long
cloaked Aquinas, Fox reveals a passionate, prophetic, and mystical
celebrator of the blessings of creation. In this compelling, epic work,
Fox writes as "a late twentieth-century citizen deeply concerned about the
way our species is treating the Earth, our young, women, the poor, our
bodies, and our souls." He speaks with St. Thomas Aquinas in a modern
forum, questioning the saint about the Four Paths of creation
spirituality, and the responses are culled from Aquinas's works, including
pieces never before translated into English.
Sheer Joy: Conversations With Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (1992)
In The Reinvention of Work, radical priest Matthew Fox
draws on a rich legacy of great mystics and philosophers and proposes a
spirituality of work. As Thomas Aquinas said, "To live well is to work
well," and in this bold call for the revitalization of daily work, Fox
shares his vision of a world where our personal and professional lives are
celebrated in harmony--a world where the self is not sacrificed for a job
but is sanctified by authentic "soul work."
The Reinvention of Work: A New Vision of Livelihood for Our Time (1994)
From the "post-denominational" priest silenced by the Vatican and
dismissed by the Dominican Order for his controversial views, here are
profound and hard-hitting essays on such varied topics as AIDS,
homosexuality, spiritual feminism, environmental revolution, and Christian
mysticism. Engaging in a lively mythical debate with some of history's
greatest mystics, philosophers, and prophets, Fox speaks out for a
spiritual awakening and a movement from traditional authoritarian religion
toward an authentic connection with the Divine.
Wrestling with the Prophets: Essays on Creation Spirituality and Everyday Life (1995)
One of the most controversial and influential priests of our day
-- bestselling author of Original Blessing, The Coming of the Cosmic
Christ, and The Reinvention of Work -- reflects on a lifetime of
passionate faith. Matthew Fox's radical theology comes alive in this
highly charged autobiography, which traces his spiritual evolution from
altar boy in Madison, Wisconsin, to graduate student in revolution-rocked
late-sixties Paris, to Dominican priest, to his high-profile battles with
the Vatican. Best known for recovering the Creation Spirituality
tradition, which brings together ecology, cosmology, justice, and
mysticism in a theology based on "original blessing," Fox continues to be
one of the most original thinkers in the church today. Finally, Fox
addresses his new role as a "post-denominational priest" and a leader for
urban young people.
Confessions: The Making of a Postdenominational Priest (1996)
The chasm between science and religion has been a source of
intellectual and spiritual tension for centuries, but in these ground
breaking dialogues there is a remarkable consonance between these once
opposing camps. In Natural Grace, Rupert Sheldrake and Matthew Fox
show that not only is the synthesis of science and spirituality possible,
but it is unavoidable when one considers the extraordinary insights they
have both come upon in their work. Sheldrake, who has changed the face of
modern science with his revolutionary theory of morphic resonance, and
Fox, whose work in creation spirituality has had a significant impact on
people's sense of spirit, balance each other with their unique yet highly
complementary points of view. In these inspired dialogues a variety of
ancient topics--including ritual, prayer, and the soul--are freed from the
past and given new power for the future in the liberated universe Fox and
Sheldrake show us.
Natural Grace: Dialogues on Creation, Darkness, and the Soul in Spirituality and Science (1996)
The Physics of Angels: Exploring the Realm Where Science and Spirit Meet (1996) by Matthew Fox and Rupert
In Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh, visionary
theologian and best-selling author Matthew Fox offers a new theology that
fundamentally changes the traditional perception of good and evil and
points the way to a more enlightened treatment of ourselves, one another,
and all of nature. Through its marriage of spirit and flesh, Fox's
Theology of Spirit sets forth a visionary but practical mysticism that
lays out a blueprint for social transformation.
Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Lessons for Transforming Evil in Soul and Society (1999)
In this book, Matthew Fox dissects the roots of our culture's spiritual
malaise and offers Creation Spirituality and a Theology of Spirit as the
"medicine" for our society's deep spiritual "wounds." He shows how,
contrary to mainstream church teachings, flesh is the grounding of spirit,
and how spirit and flesh are entwined with each other in a felicitous and
spiritually nourishing bond. He outlines a Theology of Spirit, an approach
to the fusing of spirit and flesh which has been underdeveloped in Western
thought. His cosmology stresses the need for diversity, the revelatory
power of Nature, and the imperative of cooperation.
Fox draws together the wisdom of East and West on the subject of human
destructiveness by taking Thomas Aquinas's definition of sin as
"misdirected love" and ushering us through parallels between the Eastern
teachings of the seven chakras and the Western teachings of the seven
capital sins. In doing so, he responds to Martin Buber's call to "deprive
evil of its power" not by "extirpating the evil urge, but by reuniting it
to the good." Psychologist M. Scott Peck has said that humanity's naming
of evil "is still in the primitive stage." With this book, Fox ushers us
beyond rudimentary naming and places our capacity for evil in the fuller
context of our touching the natural beauty of our physical world, the
complex texture of our emotional lives, and the splendid depths of our
In Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh Matthew Fox has created his
most ambitious and profound book. The text crackles with his intelligence
and wit, deftly moving the reader into an examination of our world and our
perceptions about it and ourselves, expanding our minds and showing us
paths of thought that you would swear were not there before you turned the
Isn't it time, asks Matthew Fox, that instead of trying to
convert one another we delved into one another's spiritual riches? We get
to the core of religion by going to the heart experience, Fox says, not by
dwelling on doctrines that so easily divide even within religious
traditions. In One River, Many Wells, Fox exhorts readers to embrace the
common faith of deep ecumenism.
One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from Global Faiths (2000)
Fox masterfully distills the common principles of the world's religions,
and shows exactly how the different fingers of the world's faiths connect
to a single hand. Drawing on seminal quotes, lessons, and ideas from the
great faiths, he demonstrates how each expresses a common goal and
approach to life, and concludes with "18 New Myths and Visions" that will
inspire readers to embrace deep ecumenism.
One River, Many Wells is an indispensable resource, envisioning a new
and exciting way of faith that erases the lines of false distinction
between religions and calls upon each of us to worship from our common
Passion for Creation (formerly
Matthew Fox's comprehensive translation of and original commentary on the
critical German and Latin texts of 37 sermons by Meister Eckhart, the
noted 14th-century Dominican priest, preacher, and mystic. The goodness of
creation, the holiness of all things, the divine blood in each person, the
need to let go and let be--these are among Eckhart's themes, themes that
the best-selling author Matthew Fox brilliantly interprets and explains
for today's reader.
Passion for Creation: The Earth-honoring Spirituality of Meister Eckhart (2000)
Passion for Creation will be embraced by theologians, students, and
all seekers of truth. It will be especially welcomed by those interested
in creation spirituality, which Eckhart advocated six centuries ago and
which Matthew Fox has promoted as a spiritual path for the new millennium.
Simply put, this book is a meeting of two prophets across hundreds of
years. The outcome of that meeting is a fount of wisdom.
One of Matthew Fox's earliest works, Prayer introduces a
mystical spirituality and a mature conception of how to pray.
Prayer: A Radical Response to Life (2001)
Here is a new edition of one of Matthew Fox's most powerful early books,
another in a series of the classic works by the maverick priest and
theologian being reissued by Tarcher/Putnam.
Prayer was written by Fox when he was a radical young priest fresh
from the experience of the sixties and Vatican II. Originally published in
1972, it is one of the first works to herald the revolution of liberal
theology that was just beginning to sweep the nation.
Originally published under the title On Becoming a Musical, Mystical
Bear: Spirituality American Style, the book now has a more accessible
title and appearance and is as vital today as when it first appeared.
Drawn from sermons and lectures that have electrified listeners,
here is a concise, powerful meditation on the nature of creativity from
Episcopal priest and radical theologian Matthew Fox.
Creativity is Fox at his most dynamic: It is immensely practical
and leaves the reader with a message to take into action in life. Fox
tantalizingly suggests that the most prayerful, most spiritually powerful
act a person can undertake is to create, at his or her own level, with a
consciousness of where that gift arises from.
Modern-day theologian’s call for the radical transformation of
A New Reformation: Creation Spirituality and the Transformation of Christianity (2006)
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.
The A.w.e. Project: Reinventing Education, Reinventing the Human (2006)
Saints and Sinners: Walker Railey, Jimmy Swaggart, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Anton LaVey, Will
Campbell , Matthew Fox (1985) by Lawrence Wright
Vision: The Life and Music of Hildegard von Bingen (Book + CD) (1995),
Jane Bobko, ed.
The Soul of Business (1997), Charles Garfield and Michael Toms, eds.
The Emerging Christian Way: Thought, Stories, And Wisdom for a Faith of Transformation
(2006), Michael Schwartzentruber, ed.
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