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Passion for Creation: The Earth-Honoring Spirituality of Meister Eckhart Paperback – January 1, 2000
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The full text is presented in Fox's four path's of creation spirituality. Fox's commentary is deep, eloquent and helpful. Eckhart's writings on "letting go and letting be" take us very close to a meeting of the Occident and the Orient. Stranded on a desert island, this is the book I would choose.
We indeed are indebted to Matthew Fox for his integration and synthesis of the core of Eckharts thought. His is a rich, systematic presentation of Eckharts vision of the holiness and blessing of that which we call life.
His commentaries will provide many hours of delightful and challenging reflection for those whose path or journey leads them in the direction of intellection and erudite study. For those who are of the western contemplative or eastern meditative tradition, or anyone whose joy it is to spend time in deep prayer, will find in Eckharts thoughts, a path which is delightfully familiar, one that gives credence and expression to their everyday experiences, and will truly make one feel at home in their growth in spirituality
This is one of the most important spiritual books I have. Along with Bernadette Roberts' books, Eckhart is probably about as far as you can go towards a universal spirituality within the christian framework (i'm not a Christian by the way). It's not conservative stuff, no way, no repressive crap here - this is liberation, love and life. Did you know Eckhart was a large intellectual influence on Heidegger? "God is Being". His work is obviously pantheistic - God is the world, the world is an aspect of God. It's fully world loving and accepting. If you swapped "God" for "Dzogchen" then there would be a large cross-over with that Tibetan tradition. i.e being is present and presence is the creative/energetic aspect of the godhead.
If your liberal in your spirituality, if you love the earth like your mother, if you've got a brain and can think - then this book is for you. Thank-you to Matthew - great job! Eckhart lived 1260 to 1329 and more important and relevant now than ever.
Eckhart, a scriptural scholar trained in Scholastic theology, explains in simple language, the relationship of an eternal, creating God with all creation. In his words, the relationship is an "inness" of all creation in and with God. There is no God "out there." And since the very being of God is the act of creating, we are invited to share this act. This mystical insight powerfully links Christianity with other great religious and philisophical traditions. Eckhart argues that it is our destiny to seek "compassion," which he defines as comprised of 2 parts: love and justice. Eckhart believe this is the elegant message of Torah and the Gospels. I found Fox's introduction to the material sophisticated, but always easily understood and compelling, as are the sermons themselves.
The one criticism I would note is that the Kindle version has numerous punctuation and spelling errors, which can be a distraction.
Available for scrutiny are 37 of Eckhart's Sermons, most of which are English translations made available for the first time in only the past few decades and which had, even in other languages, remained "underground" for nearly seven centuries. Through extensive commentary which links other sermons and statements made by Eckhart to the explanations of this sample collection of 37, Fox attempts to explore the essence as well as the process of this 14th-century Dominican's thought.
What is revealed is that Eckhart, in his time, was an original thinker countering Augustinian Neoplatonism by expanding upon the positions of fellow Dominican Thomas Aquinas' as well as Aristotle's nature-centered philosophies. Eckhart, however, understandably mired in and beholden to the trends and authorities of the times, cites Augustine often, making his particular position all the less clear. Although Fox attempts to compensate for the obliquity through his extensive cross-referencing, it is obvious that Eckhart's thought is dated, due to political caution, in some respects.
This work is therefore probably going to appeal more to biblical scholars and students of philosophy and scholasticism than to the average reader.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Matthew Fox first wrote Original Blessing, insisting that God's original creation was all blessing, and with Augustine the the concept of 'original sin" originated. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Donald M. Joy
Outer-worldly. First time through reading only the sermons. Second time through will be reading the commentaries, too.Published 9 months ago by Sram
Loved the sermons of Meister Eckart. But Fox's title, Passion For Creation showed, in my opinion the author's fundamental error. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rosemary
I have not finished reading it but I believe this is an important book.
I am no theologian so I cannot tell how accurate the commentaries are, but i think I like it
The present time in our history is in great need for this and other books like it. I am sure that I will be reading more of Matthew's books.Published on April 1, 2013 by Robert J. Donlen