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In the most speculative and prophetic work of his career, Matthew Fox continues the enterprise begun in his bestselling Original Blessing. He gives a comprehensive description of the transformation of Christianity.
"I do not know any area of human potential more important if we are to be a sustainable species again. Creativity, when all is said and done, may be the best thing our species has going for it. It is also the most dangerous. I explore creativity here in the following manner: First I ask: How essential is creativity to our human nature? Chapters 1 and 2 explore this question: chapter 1 by exposing pseudo-meanings of being human, chapter 2 by proposing that creativity is our real nature. Creativity constitutes the very meaning of being human, and our powers of creativity distinguish us from other species. Evil, as well as profound goodness, transpires through our creativity. Chapter 3 poses the question: "Where does creativity comes from?" Chapter 4 speaks of the Divine imagination that takes us into our creativity, as mystics have always taught and recognized. Chapter 5 considers two myths about creativity and its consequences: the Prometheus-Hercules myth and the Adam-Jesus Christ myth. Chapter 6 considers the obstacles to creativity that must be removed for creativity to flow-what is holding us back? Chapter 7 asks how we can tap more fully into our creative power, and chapter 8 speaks to cultural benefits that will flow when we bring creativity to bear on education, everyday life and relationships, politics and worship. Creativity assists us to move as a species to our next level of evolution. When we consider creativity, we are considering the most elemental and innermost and deeply spiritual aspects of our beings. The great thirteenth-century mystic Meister Eckhart asks: "What is it that remains?" And his answer is: "That which is inborn in me remains." That which we give birth to from our depths is that which lives on after us. That which is inborn in us constitutes our most intimate moments-intimate with self, intimate with God the Creative Spirit, and intimate with others."
The Occupy Wall Street movement and protest movements around the world are evidence of a new era of intergenerational 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 ContentsForeword by Mona EltahawyForeword by Andrew HarveyIntroduction: Invitation to Occupy Your Conscience1. Is It Time to Replace the God of Religion with the God of Life?2. Radical Spirituality for a Radical Generation3. Adam's Story4. Matthew's Story5. 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 Together8. Birthing New Economics, New Communities, and New Monasticism Conclusion: Occupy Generation and the Practice of Spiritual Democracy Afterword by Lama Surya DasFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
In One River, Many Wells, maverick spiritual thinker and priest Matthew Fox brings readers into the common heart of the great spiritual traditions of the world, illuminating a "deep ecumenism" for seekers everywhere.
In this reissue of a critically acclaimed bestseller, maverick theologian Matthew Fox provides a daring view of historical Christianity and a theologically sound basis for personal discovery of spiritual liberation.
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.
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