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Creativity : where the divine and the human meet
Fox, Matthew, 1940-
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New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, [2002]

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244 pages ; 20 cm
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BT709.5 .F69 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Drawing on his lectures and sermons, an Episcopalian priest and theologian sheds new light on the nature of creativity, demonstrating that communication with God can be revealed in the simplest expressions of human creativity.

Author Notes

Matthew Fox holds a doctorate in the history and theology of spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris. He was a member of the Dominican order for 34 years. Seeking to establish a new pedagogy for learning spirituality that was grounded in an effort to reawaken the West to its own mystical tradition as well as interacting with contemporary scientists, Fox founded the Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality that operated for 7 years at Mundelein College in Chicago and 12 years at Holy Names College in Oakland. Because of this program, Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) expelled Fox from the Dominican order and the program was aborted. He founded the University of Creation Spirituality in Oakland to continue his work, but it closed in 2007. He is the author of over 30 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, The A.W.E. Project: An Educational Transformation for Post-Modern Times, and Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Once more, with feeling. Having written more than 20 books on the themes of prayer, spirituality and concern for the earth, Episcopal priest and New Age icon Fox doesn't plow much new territory in this intermittently eloquent meditation on tapping into the power of human creativity. Using nuggets of wisdom from various religions and philosophies, with Christian terminology used to buttress his points, the founder and president of the University of Creation Spirituality argues that we are living in a time of ecological and spiritual crisis. In using our creativity, that which differentiates us from other species, in nurturing our sense of gratitude for life as a gift and accepting the inevitability of suffering, we can consciously decide to be faithful to our divine potential and likeness. The choice is ours: praise, joy and union with the universe, or addiction, consumerism and destruction. All of our social, religious, economic systems, even our personal lifestyle choices, are in dire need of re-examination and renewal, says the author. "This is redemption: that we be creative like God is. And that our creativity and co-creation serve God's agenda, which is always compassion." Pushing well beyond the bounds of conventional Christian doctrine, the writer's attempt to shape a new ethic will be welcomed by his many fans. Whether this sometimes repetitive and occasionally provocative book will inspire new converts remains to be seen. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Fox has attained as full a measure of fame as any liberal theologian in our time. He was officially silenced by the Vatican in 1989 and ultimately left the Catholic Church for the Episcopal Church, of which he is now a priest in California. While this is far from his most original or striking work that is to be found in Original Blessing and The Coming of the Cosmic Christ it is a suitably pleasant and uplifting guide to the meaning of the creative force and its applications in our lives. For most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.