Matthew Fox has had his finger on the pulse of western spirituality for decades. When he casts his keen eye on the state of spirituality among men in the twenty-first century, you can be sure he’ll discern the unspoken woundedness, yearning, and passion of the modern warrior. He explains, “The modern age taught us that the universe was a machine, that the sky was just a junkyard for inert, mechanical, cold, dead parts. So man had to hunker down to fit into the boxes that the industrial revolution offered us. This is one of the main reasons for the violence that’s grown in the male heart and psyche in the last two or three hundred years.” But, he says, that’s all about to change, as men begin to claim their role as protectors of Mother Earth. He encourages men to redefine the way they relate to the planet, their children, even their sexuality. Dr. Fox’s vision is one of hope and imagination, and a masculine spirituality that is about “living your life out of your deep values system and your deepest experiences of joy and grief and the struggle for justice.” (hosted by Michael Toms)
Matthew Fox, Ph.D. was a member of the Dominican Order of the Catholic Church for thirty-four years, and holds a doctorate in History and Theology of Spirituality from L’Institut Catholique de Paris. He is a scholar in residence with the Academy for the Love of Learning in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and founder and president of Friends of Creation Spirituality.
Dr. Fox is the author of twenty-eight books, including:
- Original Blessing: A Primer in Creation Spirituality Presented in Four Paths, Twenty-Six Themes, and Two Questions (Tarcher 2000)
- One River, Many Wells (Tarcher 2004)
- The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine (New World Library 2008)
To learn more about the work of Matthew Fox go to matthewfox.org.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
- Why the Black Madonna has reemerged
- How the birth of a new star can help men reclaim their souls
- Why creativity and passion are integral to our spirituality
- Why it’s important to use your body when you worship
- Why we need to reinvent our sacred rituals
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 10/22/2008 Program Number: 3283