Mathew Fox: Essential Writings on Creation Spirituality
By: Matthew Fox and Dr. Charles Burack
Nautilus Award Winner
“A beautiful selection of Matthew Fox’s vast treasury of writings that is inspiring a new generation of mystic explorers, justice makers, cosmic thinkers, Earth keepers and environmental activists.” --Robert Holden, author of Higher Purpose, Holy Shift and Finding Love Everywhere
“Matthew Fox is one of humanity’s tiny band of indispensable universal teachers, and this magnificent comprehensive compendium of his essential teachings - brilliantly introduced and edited by Charles Burack- should be in the backpack of every spiritual seeker . . . . No one writing and teaching today has done so much, so wisely, so groundedly, so passionately, to give to us the sacred foundation and the sacred tools we need to be able to go forward and birth a new world from the ashes of the old. Do not miss this book, and give it to everyone you can think of.”--Andrew Harvey, author, The Hope and Engoldenment: A Year with Kabir
"For me in today's world, the wise and eloquent presence of Matthew Fox is ever again a source of wonder and gratitude."--Joanna Macy, author, World As Lover, World As Self
"The critical insights, the creative connections, the centrality of Matthew Fox's writings and teaching are second to none for the radical renewal of Christianity. You miss him and you miss the trajectory of the reform of Christianity and our return to the real sources."--Fr. Richard Rohr,O.F.M. Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico
“Matthew Fox's work holds an enormous importance in elaborating and sharing a spirituality adequate to our time. He also does not fail to criticize the type of society in which we live, in which there is no place for spirituality. And this is urgent if we want to save life on our planet.”--Leonardo Boff, author, Thoughts and Dreams of an Old Theologian
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.
Matthew Fox is a spiritual theologian, an Episcopal priest and an activist for gender justice and eco-justice. He has written 37 books, including Original Blessing, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, A Spirituality Named Compassion, The Reinvention of Work, The Hidden Spirituality of Men, Christian Mystics and The Pope’s War. He has contributed much to the rediscovery of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, and Thomas Aquinas as pre-modern mystics and prophets. Fox holds a doctorate in the history and theology of spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris. The founder of the University of Creation Spirituality in California, he conducts dozens of workshops each year and is a visiting scholar at the Academy for the Love of Learning.
Dr. Charles Burack is professor at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA, teaching interdisciplinary courses in psychology, spirituality, and literature. He also teaches at UC Berkeley, The Chaplaincy Institute, and the Fox Institute.