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A New Reformation: Creation Spirituality and the Transformation of Christianity Paperback – February 14, 2006
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"Fox bases many of his 95 theses on the ideas and ideals of Creation Spirituality which blends the wisdom of western religion with the insights of science and indigenous cultures. It salutes the power of creativity and imagination and emphasizes the calling of all to be the sons and daughters of God. It honors panentheism, women's wisdom, the contributions of gays and lesbians to global cultures, the joy of dance and celebration, eco-justice, the need to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor, and the daily practice of compassion as the best expression of spirituality." (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, SpriitualityandPractice.com, May 2006)
"A New Reformation is very strongly recommended and iconoclastic reading, and to be given high praise as an outstandingly informative and quite comprehensive study of the Christian movement, especially the Catholic church, and a coherent presentation of the more progressive aspects of the Christian religion in modern times." (Michael Dunford, Midwest Book Review, Mar 2006)
"The first half of the book contains compelling background and historical information explaining why we find ourselves in this current situation of cover-ups and abuses within the church. The second half of the book contains the Theses whose purpose is to provide guidelines for evolving religion in the new millennium. As Thesis #11 tells us “Religion is not necessary, but spirituality is.”" (Creations Magazine, Nov 2006)
“This is a deep and forceful book. . . . With prophetic insight, Matthew Fox reveals what has corrupted religion in the West and the therapy for its healing.” (Bruce Chilton, professor of religion, Bard College, and author of Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography)
“One of the great prophetic voices of our time.” (David C. Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World)
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“This is a deep and forceful book. . . . With prophetic insight, Matthew Fox reveals what has corrupted religion in the West and the therapy for its healing.”
--Bruce Chilton, professor of religion, Bard College, and author of Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography
“One of the great prophetic voices of our time.”
--David C. Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World
“Insightful and profound. 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
In 1517, Martin Luther, disgusted with 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 reenacted Luther’s call, posting at the same Castle Church 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 Josemaría Escrivá, a fascist admirer of Hitler, but also speak to the rising influence of Christian fundamentalism in the United States and 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.
MATTHEW FOX, a member of the Dominican Order for thirty-four years, was expelled by the former cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), who was chief inquisitor in the Catholic Church. Matthew Fox is the foremost proponent of creation spirituality, based on the mystical teachings of early Christian visionaries such as Hildegard von Bingen, Meister Eckhart, and Saint Thomas Aquinas. He is the author of twenty-six books, including Original Blessing and The Coming of the Cosmic Christ.
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The most important Fox book for me personally was his autiobiography "Confessions", which on May 3, 1996 triggered a personal profound, mystical, transpersonal, unitive moment that transformed my life. I will always be enternally grateful that Matthew wrote that illuminating book, in the deepest most paradoxical sense, exactly for me, (and I suspect many others who, of course, ARE ME)
The most exciting thing about this newest book, "The Next Reformation" is that it makes ascessable to potentially large numbers of readers the heartmind of this spiritual giant whom I revere as my "pope".
In 126 succinct pages, the reader is exposed to Fox, his empowering panentheistic theology, the forgotten Creation Spirituality vein of mystical Christianity, and his postmodern manifesto in which Fox, ala Luther, challenges Both Catholic AND Protestant Christianity to transform and recover the powerful path of the Via Transformativa.
If you're tired of the religion ABOUT Jesus of Nazareth and you are ready to embrace the spirituality OF Jesus of Nazareth, read this book !
Congrats "FatherMotherPope" Matthew !!
Thanks for your courage, compassion, wisdom and essence !
From an ex-catholic boy "goin to hell", thanks to my Roman Catholic heritage for giving me something to transcend, yet include.
Without Fox, Spong, Crossan, Borg, Pagels, Mithchell, Dossey, Wilber, Thich Nat Hanh, et al, I would still be roaming the "wasteland"..
RoseLotus- Both the Cosmic Christ and the Kosmic Buddha
Disgusted with the fundamentalist direction of the Catholic church (Matthew Fox was a member of the Dominican Order for thirty-four years before being expelled) and inspired by Luther's movement, Fox decided to reenact Luther's rebellion. His own resulting 95 theses are liberal and post-modern, reflecting a more pantheistic understanding of God over the "Punitive Father" of Catholic tradition. He then nailed these theses to the very same door. (Well, the door was no longer wooden, but metal, so he had to build a little wooden frame to nail his new Reformation.)
The gist of Fox's Reformation is that the church needs to move away from religion, and toward spirituality. We have lost our appreciation and awe of creation (Fox is a long-time proponent of what he labels "Creation Spirituality.") We would be better off without the doctrine of Original Sin, with its guilt-ridden baggage, embracing instead the Original Blessing, which recognizes awe as the starting point of true religion. There is no conflict between Fox's version of Christianity and scientific discovery. No conflict with post-modern morality, granting equal respect and rights to women and to gays and lesbians.
A sampling of Fox's 96 theses follow:
Number 6: Theism (the idea that God is "out there" or above and beyond the universe) is false. All things are in God and God is in all things.Read more ›
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Matthew Fox is not for the faint-hearted or those who know what they know because they know it. He will challenge beliefs and makes his own case for what he sees as the church's... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Theresa G. Wright
Very low intellectual quality. This is poor thinking and poor writing. But it is typical of New Age superstition .Published on October 7, 2013 by Martin Kemp
Very thought provoking for one who is trying to make sense of what it means to be a Christian in the 21st centuryPublished on July 21, 2013 by ruth bamberger
Matthew Fox is always a step ahead on creative thinking. He expands our vision while tying to history. If your spiritual self wants to be challenged, read this book mPublished on July 20, 2012 by Pat
Fox's "New Reformation" is an excellent, concise, typically bold statement for Fox of the many themes running through contemporary Christian theology: democracry against hierarchy,... Read morePublished on November 16, 2008 by Dr. Lee W. Bailey
Matthew Fox gives us the courage to take a stand and speak out for our beliefs without guilt and fear. Read morePublished on June 23, 2008 by Jackie St. Hilaire
Beyond Belief....and I have worked for the church for over 22 years....I have sat through numerous meetings and listened to "WHY" the GIRM was important and why the power of once... Read morePublished on August 24, 2007 by jw
A New Reformation - the title spoke to me about a change in heart and mind. This change needs to be much nuanced in order to include all. Matthew Fox attempts to do this. Read morePublished on March 14, 2007 by J Martin Jellinek