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Matthew Fox is the passionate prophet--and pied piper--of creation-centered spirituality. A radical priest, visionary theologian, and ecumenical mystic, he has been called "the most creative, the most comprehensive, surely the most challenging religious-spiritual teacher in America" (Thomas Berry) as well as "one of the great prophetic voices of our time" (David Korten). Fox has devoted five decades to exploring the creation spirituality traditions in Christianity and other world religions, as well as demonstrating their relevance to the significant challenges of our times. These traditions affirm the inherent sanctity and creativity of the universe and all its inhabitants, and they assert that a central human mission is to cocreate a world of justice and compassion, beauty and peace, love and gratitude.
Fox believes that every person is graced with the capacity to be a mystic, an artist, and a prophet, and that all of us are called to actualize our sacred gifts in unique ways--and in doing so to enrich, sanctify, and celebrate life. He has also proposed that the current scientific vision of an evolving, 13.8-billion-year-old universe offers an inspiring, new Creation story that is relevant to our spiritual times.
Fox's books, as well as his countless talks, workshops, conferences, courses, and cosmic masses, have reached a worldwide audience and not only transformed lives and spiritual communities but also challenged church doctrines, dogmas, and practices. His innovative educational programs, which have drawn students with diverse backgrounds and professional callings, are a unique contribution to holistic, interspiritual education. This latest work, which contains selections--gems of insight--from most of his 40+ books, offers fresh perspectives and approaches to the vital issues of our time: spirituality and science, culture and politics, ecology and education, work and the creative arts, gender and sensuality, youth and eldering, evil and activism, healthcare and the media. In many of these writings, Fox brilliantly shows how premodern wisdom can help illuminate and resolve postmodern problems. The book closes with a letter from Fox to young seekers.
The editor, Charles Burack, Ph.D., made the selections in consultation with the author and also wrote an illuminating introduction to Fox's life and work. Burack is an award-winning professor, scholar, poet, and essayist. Author of three books--Leaves of Light, Songs to My Beloved, and D. H. Lawrence's Language of Sacred Experience--he integrates spirituality, psychology, and the creative arts. He is also a spiritual counselor, career/creativity coach, and pioneer in interreligious education and is currently working on two books, one on inner guidance, and the other on spiritual healing.