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A History of Creation Spirituality

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 path."

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 1-58542-178-2).

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.


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