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A Way to God

Thomas Merton's Creation Spirituality Journey

By Matthew Fox

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Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Published In: United States, 30 June 2016
This powerful book was prompted by an invitation Matthew Fox received to speak on the centennial of Thomas Merton s birth. Fox says that much of the trouble he s gotten into such as being expelled from the Dominican Order in 1993, after thirty-four years, by Cardinal Ratzinger (who later became Pope Benedict) was because of Merton, who prompted Fox to attend the Institut Catholique in Paris to undertake a doctoral program in spirituality. Fox reimmersed himself in Merton s journals, poetry, and religious writings, finding that Merton s marriage of mysticism and prophecy, contemplation and action closely paralleled that of Meister Eckhart, the thirteenth-century mystic who inspired Fox s own Creation Spirituality. In A Way to God, Fox explores Merton s pioneering work in interfaith, his essential teachings on mixing contemplation and action, and how the vision of Meister Eckhart profoundly influenced Merton in what Fox calls his Creation Spirituality journey."

About the Author

Matthew Fox is an internationally acclaimed theologian and spiritual maverick who has spent the past forty years revolutionizing Christian theology, taking on patriarchal religion, and advocating for a creation-centered spirituality of compassion, justice, and resacralizing of the earth. Originally a Catholic priest, Fox was silenced for a year and then expelled from the Dominican Order by Cardinal Ratzinger for teaching liberation theology and Creation Spirituality. Fox currently serves as an Episcopal priest, having received what he calls "religious asylum" from the Episcopal Church. With exciting results, he has worked with young people to create the Cosmic Mass to revitalize worship by bringing elements of rave and other postmodern art forms to the Western liturgical tradition. He has written more than thirty books, which have sold over 1.5 million copies in sixty languages. He lives in Oakland, CA.

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Praise for A Way to God"This wise and marvelous book will profoundly inspire all those who love Merton and want to know him more deeply."-- Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism "A Way to God inscribes a profound intersection of lives -- Merton, Fox, and more -- in the history of Christianity, Catholicism, and the emerging Creation Spirituality so relevant to our globe's current cultural evolution. Perhaps Merton's lament on the 'lost art of listening' can be assuaged significantly by the profound potential impacts of this new book."-- Kurt Johnson, PhD, coauthor of The Coming Interspiritual Age "The future of Christianity itself will depend upon its ability to reinvent its forms and practices so that it might become a mutually enhancing presence within the dynamics of life. Among current spiritual theologians, no one has a more comprehensive vision of the necessary changes that must take place than Matthew Fox. In A Way to God he shows how Thomas Merton's work can be understood as a powerful current within the Creation Spirituality tradition that is so essential for this reimagining of Western religion."-- Brian Thomas Swimme, professor of cosmology, California Institute of Integral Studies Praise for the work of Matthew Fox"Fox is a prophet of our own times.... His writing really sparkles and is frequently reminiscent of the early works of Thomas Merton."-- Alan Jose, The Tablet: The International Catholic News Weekly "Matthew Fox might well be the most creative, the most comprehensive, surely the most challenging religious-spiritual teacher in America."-- Thomas Berry, author of The Great Work Praise for A Way to God This wise and marvelous book will profoundly inspire all those who love Merton and want to know him more deeply. Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism A Way to God inscribes a profound intersection of lives Merton, Fox, and more in the history of Christianity, Catholicism, and the emerging Creation Spirituality so relevant to our globe s current cultural evolution. Perhaps Merton s lament on the lost art of listening can be assuaged significantly by the profound potential impacts of this new book. Kurt Johnson, PhD, coauthor of The Coming Interspiritual Age The future of Christianity itself will depend upon its ability to reinvent its forms and practices so that it might become a mutually enhancing presence within the dynamics of life. Among current spiritual theologians, no one has a more comprehensive vision of the necessary changes that must take place than Matthew Fox. In A Way to God he shows how Thomas Merton s work can be understood as a powerful current within the Creation Spirituality tradition that is so essential for this reimagining of Western religion. Brian Thomas Swimme, professor of cosmology, California Institute of Integral Studies Praise for the work of Matthew Fox Fox is a prophet of our own times.... His writing really sparkles and is frequently reminiscent of the early works of Thomas Merton. Alan Jose, The Tablet: The International Catholic News Weekly Matthew Fox might well be the most creative, the most comprehensive, surely the most challenging religious-spiritual teacher in America. Thomas Berry, author of The Great Work" Praise for "A Way to God" This wise and marvelous book will profoundly inspire all those who love Merton and want to know him more deeply. Andrew Harvey, author of "The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism " "A Way to God" inscribes a profound intersection of lives Merton, Fox, and more in the history of Christianity, Catholicism, and the emerging Creation Spirituality so relevant to our globe s current cultural evolution. Perhaps Merton s lament on the lost art of listening can be assuaged significantly by the profound potential impacts of this new book. Kurt Johnson, PhD, coauthor of "The Coming Interspiritual Age " The future of Christianity itself will depend upon its ability to reinvent its forms and practices so that it might become a mutually enhancing presence within the dynamics of life. Among current spiritual theologians, no one has a more comprehensive vision of the necessary changes that must take place than Matthew Fox. In A Way to God he shows how Thomas Merton s work can be understood as a powerful current within the Creation Spirituality tradition that is so essential for this reimagining of Western religion. Brian Thomas Swimme, professor of cosmology, California Institute of Integral Studies Praise for the work of Matthew Fox Fox is a prophet of our own times.... His writing really sparkles and is frequently reminiscent of the early works of Thomas Merton. Alan Jose, "The Tablet: The International Catholic News Weekly " Matthew Fox might well be the most creative, the most comprehensive, surely the most challenging religious-spiritual teacher in America. Thomas Berry, author of "The Great Work""

EAN: 9781608684205
ISBN: 1608684202
Publisher: New World Library
Dimensions: 21.08 x 13.97 x 2.29 centimetres (0.39 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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