Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
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Fox, Matthew

  • Richard TownsendEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_9004

Matthew Fox (b.1940) is a preeminent creative American spiritual theologian who cuts a bold swath through thickets of rigid religious opposition to create “Creation Spirituality.” He is a leader and shaker in awakening Christianity to a renewed ecumenical spirituality that puts human beings in touch with their deepest cosmic souls, free of stifling religious traditions, patriarchal domination, and mechanistic industrialism and open to the wonders of creation. He was influenced by Leo Tolstoy, Thomas Merton, Teilhard de Chardin, and others; he studied at the Dominican Aquinas Institute of Theology, then the Institut Catholique de Paris (1967–1970) (Fox 1996).

To Fox, the mystics resonate with his own insights. In Thomas Aquinas, Fox found support for his creation-centered theology. In Meister Eckhart and Teilhard de Chardin, Fox found a mystical connection with nature and science. In Hildegard of Bingen, Fox found feminism, music, art, healing, ecological spirituality, and courage to...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of St. ScholasticaDuluthUSA