What do we mean by “God” in today’s world? Do we even need “God” anymore?
How many names for Divinity are there? Do the names for God change as we mature as individuals, evolve as a species, and face a critical “turning time” in human and planetary history?”
Too often, notions of God have been used as a means to control and to promote a narrow worldview. In Naming the Unnameable, renowned theologian and author Matthew Fox ignites our imaginations by offering a colorful range of Divine Names gathered from scientists and poets and mystics past and present, inviting us to always begin where true spirituality begins: From experience.
Ultimately, no name for God suffices. We are challenged to continue to probe the rich ecology of human spirituality to ask questions, embrace paradox, and listen silently to the deepest of life’s mysteries.
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About the Author
Matthew Fox, who holds a doctorate in the history and theology of spiritualities from the Institut catholique de Paris, is author of 35 books on spirituality and culture that have been translated into 69 languages and received many awards. Since learning of the Creation Spirituality tradition from his mentor in Paris, French historian Pere M. D. Chenu, Fox has dedicated his life to recovering that lineage and bringing it alive. Accordingly he founded graduate programs in Culture and Creation Spirituality at colleges in Chicago and then Oakland and developed a cutting edge educational pedagogy that includes artists, scientists, mystics of all traditions and activists to teach spirituality that includes intellect and intuition, body, heart and mind. Since Creation Spirituality is both a mystical and a prophetic tradition, Fox’s support of women and gay rights, of the environment and social, racial and gender justice and of liberation theology disturbed naysayers in the Vatican which silenced him for a year and then pressured the Dominican Order, in which he was a member for 34 years, to dismiss him. Subsequently he founded the University of Creation Spiritualty (UCS) in Oakland California and became an Episcopal priest to work with young people to create a post-modern worship form called the Cosmic Mass which incorporates dance, dj, vj, rap and other postmodern art forms. Most recently he has launched, along with a 28 year old and a 33 year old leader, an Order of the Sacred Earth which is a spiritual (not religious) order open to people of all traditions and none who feel called to focus their commitment to save the earth and the people and critters on it with a common vow to be “the best lover and the best defender of Earth that I can be.” A new school called the Fox Institute in Creation Spirituality has recently been launched in Boulder, Colorado by some of the graduates of UCS. Fox is a visiting scholar with the Academy of the Love of Learning in Santa Fe, New Mexico founded by Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Stern. He lives in the Bay Area in northern California. Among the awards granted him have been the Gandhi-King-Ikeda Peace Award from Morehouse College, the Humanities Award of the Sufi International Association of Sufism, the Tikkun Ethics Award, and the Courage of Conscience Award from the Peace Abbey of Sherborn, Massachusetts. Other recipients of this award include the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Ernesto Cardinale and Maya Angelou. Visit www.matthewfox.org