In May, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI formally declared 12th century Benedictine nun Hildegard of Bingen a canonized saint, with the canonization ceremony scheduled for October. He regards her as one of the great thinker who has helped shape the thought of the Catholic Church.
Today there are many websites and Hildegard groups that celebrate and honor Hildegard's teachings, philosophy, art, and music. Author Matthew Fox writes in Hildegard of Bingen about this amazing woman and what we can learn from her.
In an era when women were marginalized, Hildegard was an outspoken, controversial figure. Yet so visionary was her insight that she was sought out by kings, popes, abbots, and bishops for advice. A sixteenth century follower of Martin Luther called her “the first Protestant” because of her appeals to reform the church.
As a writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, healer, artist, feminist, and student of science, Hildegard was a pioneer in many fields in her day.
For many centuries after her death Hildegard was ignored or even ridiculed but today is finally being recognized for her immense contribution to so many areas, including our understanding of our spiritual relationship to the eartha contribution that touches on key issues faced by our planet in the 21st century, particularly with regard to the environment and ecology.
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About the Author
Matthew Fox is the popular and controversial theologian and author of more than 25 books that expose the corruption and patriarchal hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church and invite us to return to a more mystical experience of Christianity. He is founder and director of the Institute of Culture and Creation Spirituality in Oakland, CA. A member of the Dominican Order for 34 years, Fox was silenced by the Vatican in 1989 and formally dismissed in 1993. Now an Episcopal minister, he travels extensively sharing his radical vision of a Christianity that leans toward mysticism rather than orthodoxy, and Divine Feminism rather than patriarchy.
Table of Contents
Foreword Joan Chittister ix
Hildegard of Bingen
Herald of the Divine Feminine, Green Prophet, Church Reformer
Chapter 1 Who is Hildegard? 1
Chapter 2 Living Words and the Cosmic Christ 11
Hildegard meets Mary Oliver
Chapter 3 The God of Life and Light or the God of Religion? 25
Hildegard meets Howard Thurman
Chapter 4 Hildegard as Eco-Warrior 33
Loving and Defending Mother Earth
Chapter 5 Hildegard and 21st Century Science 45
Hildegard Meets Einstein
Chapter 6 Hildegard's Lineage 63
Creation Spirituality and the Rhineland
Chapter 7 Wild Woman and Shaman Proclaiming Wisdom, Creativity, and the Holy Spirit 81
Hildegard Meets Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Chapter 8 Hildegard as Prophet to Society and Religion 97
Chapter 9 Hildegard as Herald of the Divine Feminine 111
Hildegard meets Dorothee Soelle
Conclusion Is Hildegard a Trojan Horse Entering the Gates of the Vatican? 125
Employing Spiritual Practices in the Spirit of Hildegard
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As one who has read and enjoyed everything written by Matthew Fox, let me say that this book was no disappointment. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was enjoyable, informative and enlightening. To a point. It certainly was Dr. Fox's unique theology written in the light of St. Hildegard of Bingen. It certainly was a retelling of Dr. Fox's theology in the vein of St. Hildegard. I guess my only desire might be that he would do for the Hildegard corpus of writings what he did for Meister Eckhart in "Breakthrough", which was much more thorough than this book.
A sister,historian,musician and burr under the sadddle of the hierarchy. Would that we had her now.
Buyer Beware! This book is filled with lies and deception. This is NOT a true biography of St. Hildegard of Bingen who was made a Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XVI. This book is New Age nonsense. God can neither deceive nor be deceived. You are in my prayers, Matthew Fox. A true representation of who St. Hildegard truly is can be found in Hildegard of Bingen: Scivias (Classics of Western Spiritualty). In this book you will find her writings which reveal her visions that form a theological summa of Christian doctrine. St. Hildegard's spiritual teachings offer a profound Catholic message of redemption and sanctification.