Sheer Joy: Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Paperback)
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"There is . . . drama and urgency in these dialogues." -- The Bloomsbury Review Renowned theologian Matthew Fox "interviews" Thomas Aquinas in a provocative reevaluation of the thirteenth-century saint. Fox reveals a passionate, prophetic, and mystical celebrator of the blessings of creation. He speaks in a modern forum, questioning the saint about the Four Paths of Creation Spirituality. The responses are culled from Aquinas's works and include pieces never before translated into English. This edition features a foreword by biologist and author Rupert Sheldrake and an afterword by Benedictine monk Bede Griffiths. "This is an important book and will give much pleasure to those looking for deeper and richer philosophy." -- New Humanity "Seizing Aquinas by scapular and capuche, Fox hauls him point by point through the fundamental issues of our day. The introduction is the finest thing on Aquinas I have ever read." -- William Everson, author of The Integral Years and The Residual Years "Matthew Fox allows Aquinas to speak for himself, and at the same time the dialogue enables the relevance of what he says to come across with great clarity." -- Rupert Sheldrake, author of Science Set Free "In this book, the teaching of Aquinas comes through with a fullness and an insight that has never been presented in English before, and that moreover is shown to have a vital message for the world today." -- Bede Griffiths, author of A New Vision of Reality "The sheer joy of the shared commitment of Aquinas and Fox to creation spirituality is contagious and pervades almost every page of this big volume." --National Catholic Reporter
About the Author
Matthew Fox is a spiritual theologian, Episcopal priest, and an activist for gender justice and eco-justice. He has written 37 books, including Original Blessing, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, Meister Eckhart: A Warrior for Our Times, and The Order of the Sacred Earth. He is the founder of the University of Creation Spirituality in California, and his honors include the Abbey Courage of Conscience Peace Award and the Ghandi King Ikeda Award. He teaches workshops and leads retreats worldwide and resides in Vallejo, California.