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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and Accessible Postmodern Christian Theology!
Uniting mysticism and spiritual development with ethical and exemplary witness, the "creation spirituality" articulated by Matthew Fox presents an inspiring vision of an alternative Christianity for the postmodern world. Freeing himself from the chains of stale Christian dogma while protesting the cold emptiness of agnostic modernism, Fox fashions a...
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2.0 out of 5 stars An overly academic book but with some good points.
I thought the basic idea of the book was encouraging in that the personal nature of the Christ is being questioned. But I found that the writer still remained within the framework of traditional Christianity in many other ways and was excessively academic, relying on quotations from the Bible without questioning the accuracy of the records themselves.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and Accessible Postmodern Christian Theology!, 21 July 1999
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This review is from: The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Paperback)
Uniting mysticism and spiritual development with ethical and exemplary witness, the "creation spirituality" articulated by Matthew Fox presents an inspiring vision of an alternative Christianity for the postmodern world. Freeing himself from the chains of stale Christian dogma while protesting the cold emptiness of agnostic modernism, Fox fashions a theology and spirituality that combines mysticism with a "first world" liberation theology. Fox is a panentheist, experiencing the Divine in all of nature and humanity. The Cosmic Christ is that incarnation of God in the universe and especially in Mother Earth. He develops a relevant, postmodern interpretation of the Paschal Mystery, imaging Mother Earth as Christ crucified, resurrected, and come again. Fox's union of mysticism, science, and art, and the four spiritual paths he outlined in "Original Blessing" open up individual and communal possibilities for a spirituality that is inwardly personal and contemplative, yet outwardly driven by justice and compassion. If you want to reconnect to a progressive Christianity, this book ties together ethics, myth, and theology like no other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fox recreates Christianity's roots in mysticism., 13 Aug 1997
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This review is from: The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Paperback)
In what may be considered the most comprehensive outline of the Christian
paradigm shift of our Age, Matthew Fox
eloquently foreshadows the manner in
which universal redemption may be ushered
in via the spirit of Christ in terms of the return to
mysticism, the expression of creativity as the highest spiritual value, the blessing of Mother Earth and the recovery of eros, the feminine aspect of deity.

Rather than alluding to prophecy or a literal second coming as the title might suggest, Fox
outlines in painstaking yet illuminating detail
the conceptual contents of what that event
or it's cultural revolutionary equivalent might
bring to mankind at the millenium. This includes
the necessity of a Christian apology towards
the indigenous peoples and Earth-based spiritual cultures throughout the Christian era that have been the victims of literal and spiritual genocide, hypocritically commited by supposed followers
of the Messiah of love and forgiveness.

These ideas issuing from the collective unconscious signal the death of fundamentalism
which must occur in order for Christianity to be
"born again in the spirit" of mysticism from which it originallly issued forth.

Fox has stepped away from hardened dogma and taken the heat for teaching the path of love,
a path far closer to the words and actions of the Master than the path of those who label Fox a heretic.

This is a must read for those who still believe
that God is Love and grow weary of the
abusive doctrines of vengeance.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An overly academic book but with some good points., 5 Dec 2013
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I thought the basic idea of the book was encouraging in that the personal nature of the Christ is being questioned. But I found that the writer still remained within the framework of traditional Christianity in many other ways and was excessively academic, relying on quotations from the Bible without questioning the accuracy of the records themselves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who is the real Cosmic Christ?, 17 April 1999
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This is a great book that the world needs to read. For too long the message of the Gospel has been used to hurt Mother Earth. This cant go on, there is no doubt. But Matthew Fox is not the first or only person to make reference of the term Cosmic Christ. Elizabeth Clare Prophet refers to him in her books, and associates him with Maitreya, the prophesied return of Buddha. If I'm not mistaken, Sai Baba also identifies himself in some fashion with the cosmic christ. These are both people with their heads in the clouds, hardly "grounded". What is Matthew Fox's view of their cosmic christ? Is it the real thing or is it counterfeit? I want to know.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who is the real Cosmic Christ?, 17 April 1999
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This review is from: The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Paperback)
This is a great book that the world needs to read. For too long the message of the Gospel has been used to hurt Mother Earth. This cant go on, there is no doubt. But Matthew Fox is not the first or only person to make reference of the term Cosmic Christ. Elizabeth Clare Prophet refers to him in her books, and associates him with Maitreya, the prophesied return of Buddha. If I'm not mistaken, Sai Baba also identifies himself in some fashion with the cosmic christ. These are both people with their heads in the clouds, hardly "grounded". What is Matthew Fox's view of their cosmic christ? Is it the real thing or is it counterfeit? I want to know.
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5 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars His ideas are interesting and unChristian., 1 Aug 1999
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It must, even in "Our Time", require significant cognitive dissonance for Mr.Fox to subscribe to the notions outlined in his book while he yet maintains allegiance to the Christian faith. He is, by definition, apostate. Is there anyone left out there who can see past his or her own cultural paradigm? Truth is absolute, revelation is concrete, or they are both meaningless. And if they're meaningless -- Christianity is a joke.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The name of God and his doctrine are not to be blasphemed., 5 Dec 1998
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The writer of this book is referred to indirectly in the Word of God: "If any man teach [false doctrine] ... he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself."
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