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"History will name Fox one of the great Christian spirits of our age." — John Shelby Spong, author of A New Christianity for a New World

About the Author

Matthew Fox is the popular and controversial theologian and author of more than 25 books that expose the corruption and patriarchal hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church and invite us to return to a more mystical experience of Christianity. He is founder and director of the Institute of Culture and Creation Spirituality in Oakland, CA. A member of the Dominican Order for 34 years, Fox was silenced by the Vatican in 1989 and formally dismissed in 1993. Now an Episcopal minister, he travels extensively sharing his radical vision of a Christianity that leans toward mysticism rather than orthodoxy, and Divine Feminism rather than patriarchy.
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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Namaste Publishing (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897238738
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897238738
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book is easy to read, and very interesting.
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Instead, this book is unfair to the real Hildegard who was radical and a bit crazy--enough out of her time to be extraordinary.
Elaine Greensmith Jordan
Matthew Fox's new book on Hildegard is a gem!
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Greensmith Jordan on March 13, 2013
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Fox is so enamoured of Hildegard that he rewrites her to suit his belief system. He makes her into an environmentalist, a believer in the 'cosmic Christ,' and I find none of that in other studies. Instead, this book is unfair to the real Hildegard who was radical and a bit crazy--enough out of her time to be extraordinary. She is fascinating, an artist, musician and healer, but we don't know enough about her to say what Fox says. He conveniently leaves out her anti-semitism, for example, and tries to transport her into our time. That's unfair to her and to us.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Elisabeth Almerini on May 11, 2013
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I have a great interest in, and respect for, Hildegard of Bingen and was hoping to find another perspective and further insight into her writings. What I got was less about Hildegard and more about Matthew Fox. Rather than presenting Hildegard's writings and philosophies and either letting them stand on their own or providing some nuanced reflection, the author used the book to relentlessly present his own worldview and opinions using Hildegard's writings as a hammer to beat one over the head with. The book was seriously diminished by this. I would be hard pressed to recommend it at all.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Latela on March 16, 2013
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HILDEGARD OF BINGEN: A Saint for Our Times: Unleashing Her Power in the 21st Century [Paperback] Matthew Fox , Namaste: Vancouver. 2012

In Matthew Fox, we have a friend of Hildegard, a friend of mystics, prophets, and thinkers. This newest book on Hildegard offers a creative view of the woman from 1000 years ago. Imagine a conversation between Hildegard and Einstein, Hildegard and poet Mary Oliver, Hildegard and Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Hildegard and the Curia. While reading this lively and clear description of the woman, her philosophy, her interests and her achievements, I wondered whether and how she might help me to enrich my own spirituality. Calling Hildegard a "Wild Woman" in the style of Clarissa Pinkola Estes was a striking image.

According to Fox, a prophet is one who interferes. A mystic is one who lives the mysteries. A fully-developed person is like a mosaic -an elegant interaction among music, art, thought, leadership, dance, discourse, preaching, letter-writing, in-your-face directives, gentle "as a feather on the breath of God." Kings, popes, abbots, and bishops sought Hildegard for advice, and she went ahead and confronted them whether they asked for help or not. A follower of Martin Luther called her "the first Protestant" because she knew the church needed reform.

As a writer, composer, philosopher, mystic, abbess, healer, artist, feminist, and student of science, Hildegard seemed to be ahead of her time. Hildegard was a wounded woman as well. She alluded to her suffering, which is, after all, the lot of humanity, but did not dwell on it. It appears that she put the painful experiences into the mix of her life ... something else to ponder, to sing about, to build up her courage, to keep her focus.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Patricia G. Rourke on February 7, 2013
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This is an astonishing book. I am devouring it slowly. It is amazing to find the awakenings I am having in my spiritual life are rooted in experiences of centuries ago. The weaving of Hidegard's writing with those of modern day poets, sceintist and writers is comforting and enlightening.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Birkbeck on June 9, 2013
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Although she lived a millenium ago she would be a remarkable woman even today. First she lived to an advanced age (81)in a time when even reaching 70 was unusual. She ultimately triumphed in several ventures even when discouraged by officialdom. She emphasised many current philosophical concerns especially the equal though different roles of men and women in society and spirituality, and the ecological issues which occupy us today. The central role of science even in spiritual matters was emphasised. And finally she wrote remarkable music which sounds quite modern and certainly hugely more advanced than the plainsong of her day. Strongly recommend both the fine recordings and the biography.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Therese A. Tappouni on December 30, 2012
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Mathew Fox is a scholar on Hildegard, but he approaches her as a contemporary friend and seer. Easy to read, amazing to uncover, I recommend this to all who are on their spiritual path as an illumination for each of us, and a contradiction to the modern church who saw fit to name her a saint. As one who was raised Catholic and am passionate about the women of Mother Church, this couldn't have come at a better time.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Halperin on March 24, 2013
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Although this book is a homage to Hildegard, Fox somehow always reuses his other writings. I was disappointed that it was so repetitive.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Davidson on November 7, 2012
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Matthew Fox's new book on Hildegard is a gem! I thoroughly enjoyed gathering new information about this multi-talented woman, developing a better understanding of her position in a long line of mystics, and the author's style.
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