Matthew fox is known as the passionate prophet of Creation Spirituality. For nearly four decades, he has championed the spiritual movements and persons that affirm the sacredness of Creation and unite mysticism with prophecy. In his latest book Fox explores the life of Thomas Merton, the influential 20th-century contemplative, writer, poet, and activist who did much to put Christianity in dialogue with the world’s religions and to challenge the social, economic, and political trends of his times. A Way to God traces Merton’s journey from a conventional “Fall/Redemption” Catholic theology to a nondual Creation Spirituality that is “more ecumenical and more prophetic, more grounded and earthy.”

The book can be thought of as a conversation largely involving Fox, Merton, and Meister Eckhart (the medieval Rhineland theologian and mystic who Fox describes as “the spokesperson par excellence for the wisdom-based and nature-based mystical and...

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