Creation Spirituality is an ancient tradition, named and
articulated most emphatically beginning in the 1970s by spiritual
theologian Matthew Fox.
Drawing on the experiences, writings and rituals of all wisdom
traditions, including indigenous cultures, eastern and western
spiritualities and contemporary science, Creation Spirituality runs
too deeply and broadly to be considered as 'founded' or invented'
by one person, or indeed, one tradition.
From his own perspective as a former Dominican priest, Fox writes:
"Creation Spirituality is not a newly invented path, but for
twentieth century Westerners it is a newly discovered
He further suggests, "Creation Spirituality is a tradition: it
has a past; it has historical and biblical roots; it boasts a
communion of saints."
In further works, Fox develops the conversation between western
spirituality and other traditions (see One River, Many Wells,
ISBN-13: 978-1585423262); and with science (see Natural Grace, by
Matthew Fox and Rupert Sheldrake ISBN-13: 978-0385483599); and with
the passionate creativity of art (see Creativity, ISBN
The term "Creation Spirituality" was named for Fox in 1967 by the
French Theologian MD Chenu, with whom he studied at L'Institute
Catholique in Paris. Fox's teaching and writing career led him to
discover more deeply the common threads in countless traditions,
and the principles of Creation Spirituality came to be named as Fox
further explored and articulated the tradition. "As a movement,
Creation Spirituality becomes an amazing gathering place, a kind of
watering hole for person whose passion has been touched by the
issues of our day - deep ecologists, ecumenists, artists, native
peoples, justice activists, feminists, male liberationists, gay and
lesbian peoples, animal liberationists, scientists seeking to
reconnect science and wisdom, people of prophetic faith traditions
- all these find in the Creation Spirituality movement a common
language and a common ground on which to stand."
References: Matthew Fox, Creation Spirituality: A Primer in
Creation Spirituality (Santa Fe: Bear and Company, 1983), 12-16.