Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Times: Unleashing Her Power in the 21st Century

Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Times: Unleashing Her Power in the 21st Century

by Matthew Fox


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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 earth—a contribution that touches on key issues faced by our planet in the 21st century, particularly with regard to the environment and ecology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781897238738
Publisher: Namaste Publishing
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 450,531
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.47(d)

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

Introduction xiii

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

Mystic Movement

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

Appendix 133

Employing Spiritual Practices in the Spirit of Hildegard

Acknowledgments 141

Notes 143

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RicardoCoyote More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sister,historian,musician and burr under the sadddle of the hierarchy. Would that we had her now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.