“Once we start turning religion into spirituality again, which is how it began, in its healthy versions, the differences often melt,” says Fox. His luminous visions of future religion, work and education invoke both ancient wisdom and futuristic technology as ways of expressing the needs and vitality of modern human society. The unorthodoxy of this outspoken Catholic priest earned him dismissal from the Dominican order. Now an ordained Episcopal priest, he continues to speak out about the need for people of all ages and beliefs to seek common ground in genuine spiritual experience.
Matthew Fox, Ph.D. is a priest and was a member of the Dominican Order of the Catholic Church for thirty-four years. He holds a doctorate in History and Theology of Spirituality and is a scholar in residence with the Academy for the Love of Learning in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as well as founder and president of Friends of Creation Spirituality.
Dr. Fox is the author of more than thirty books including:
- Original Blessing: A Primer in Creation Spirituality Presented in Four Paths, Twenty-Six Themes, and Two Questions (Jeremy Tarcher/Putnam 2000)
- HILDEGARD OF BINGEN: A Saint for Our Times: Unleashing Her Power in the 21st Century (Namaste Publishing 2012)
- Letters to Pope Francis: Rebuilding a Church with Justice and Compassion (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2012)
- Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation (co-author Adam Bucko) North Atlantic Press 2013)
- Confessions: The Making of a Postdenominational Priest (HarperSanFrancisco 1996)
- Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth (HarperOne 1991)
- The Coming of the Cosmic Christ: The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance (HarperOne 1988)
- Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times (New World Library 2014)
To learn more about the work of Matthew Fox go to www.matthewfox.org.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
- Finding joy in your work
- The future of religious expression
- Going beyond -isms to find common spiritual ground
- The vitality of liberation theology and creation spirituality
- Making church exciting for teenagers and angels
- A Catholic Mass with electronic images and trance dance
- How to bring sacredness to troubled social issues
- Restoring ritual, wonder and fun to education
- A distinction between spirit and soul
- Ideas for empowering the young and radically poor
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 7/23/1996 Program Number: 2580