9781585420674

Original Blessing

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    9781585420674

  • ISBN10:

    1585420670

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-09-01
  • Publisher: Tarcher
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Here is a reissue of the critically acclaimed bestseller, named one of the "20 books that changed the world" in New Age Journal's Annual Source Book for 1995. Maverick theologian Matthew Fox provides a daring view of historical Christianity and a theologically sound basis for personal discovery of spiritual liberation. In this revolutionary work, Fox shows how Christianity once celebrated beauty, compassion, justice, and provided a path of positive knowledge and ecstatic connection with all creation.

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2000 Edition 3(6)
Introduction: Two Questions Apropos of Wisdom and Human/Earth Survival 9(26)
PATH I BEFRIENDING CREATION: THE VIA POSITIVA
Dabhar: The Creative Energy (Word) of God
35(7)
Creation as Blessing and the Recovery of the Art of Savoring Pleasure
42(15)
Humility as Earthiness: Our Earthiness as a Blessing along with Passion and Simplicity
57(9)
Cosmic, Universalist: Harmony, Beauty, Justice as Cosmic Energies
66(15)
Trust: A Psychology of Trust and Expansion
81(7)
Panentheism: Experiencing the Diaphanous and Transparent God
88(5)
Our Royal Personhood: Our Dignity and Responsibility for Building the Kingdom/Queendom of God. Creation Theology as a Kingdom/Queendom Theology
93(10)
Realized Eschatology: A New Sense of Time
103(5)
Holiness as Cosmic Hospitality: Creation Ecstasies Shared Constitute the Holy Prayer of Thanksgiving and Praise
108(9)
Sin, Salvation, Christ from the Perspective of the Via Positiva: A Theology of Creation and Incarnation
117(15)
PATH II BEFRIENDING DARKNESS, LETTING GO AND LETTING BE: THE VIA NEGATIVA
Emptying: Letting Go of Images and Letting Silence Be Silence
132(8)
Being Emptied: Letting Pain Be Pain: Kenosis
140(8)
Sinking into Nothingness and Letting Nothingness Be Nothingness
148(9)
Sin, Salvation, Christ in the Perspective of the Via Negativa: A Theology of the Cross
157(21)
PATH III BEFRIENDING CREATIVITY, BEFRIENDING OUR DIVINITY: THE VIA CREATIVA
From Cosmos to Cosmogenesis: Our Divinization as Images of God Who Are Also Co-Creators
178(10)
Art as Meditation: Creativity and Birthing as Meditation, Centering, a Return to the Source
188(13)
Faith as Trust of Images: Discipline---Yes! Asceticism---No!
201(7)
Dialectical, Trinitarian: How Our Lives as Works of Art Spiral Beauty Back into the World
208(12)
God as Mother, God as Child: Ourselves as Mothers of God and Birthers of God's Son
220(9)
Sin, Salvation, Christ in the Perspective of the Via Creativa: A Theology of Resurrection
229(21)
PATH IV BEFRIENDING NEW CREATION: COMPASSION, CELEBRATION, EROTIC JUSTICE, THE VIA TRANSFORMATIVA
The New Creation: Images of God in Motion Creating a Global Civilization
250(7)
Faith as Trusting the Prophetic Call of the Holy Spirit
257(8)
A Spirituality of the Anawim: Feminists, Third World, Lay, and Other Oppressed Peoples
265(12)
Compassion: Interdependence, Celebration and the Recovery of Eros
277(9)
Compassion: Interdependence and Erotic Justice
286(7)
Sin, Salvation, Christ in the Perspective of the Via Transformativa: A Theology of the Holy Spirit
293(14)
Appendix A: Toward a Family Tree of Creation-Centered Spirituality 307(9)
Appendix B: Fall/Redemption and Creation-Centered Spiritualities Compared at a Glance 316(5)
Appendix C: An Annotated Bibliography in Creation-Centered Spirituality 321(7)
Additional Bibliography for the 2000 Edition 328(7)
Notes 335(22)
Index 357(8)
Acknowledgments 365(2)
About the Author 367

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