Matthew Fox delivers A New Reformation: Creation Spirituality and the Transformation of Christianity. The founder of Wisdom University in Oakland and creator of the wildly popular Cosmic Masses held in the Bay Area and across the country, Fox was for 34 years an ordained priest. Never shy of controversy, he hit the headlines when he was silenced, then expelled from the Dominican Order by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) for founding the Creation Spirituality movement.
In A New Reformation, Fox calls for a reawakening of the true Christian spirit and the repudiation of the authoritarian, punitive tendencies that prevail in modern churches, likening today's intolerant "father" ideologies to the religious environment that existed 500 years ago when Martin Luther launched a break from the Roman Catholic Church. As Luther did in his Reformation, Fox calls for new forms in worship, proactive solutions to the ennui of mainline Christianity, which he calls a "sleeping giant" eager to be awakened to the true teachings of Jesus about justice and compassion.
Matthew Fox is author of 28 books including â€œOriginal Blessing,â€ â€œThe Reinvention of Work,â€ â€œCreativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet,â€ â€œOne River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from Global Faiths,â€ â€œA Spirituality Named Compassionâ€ and his most recent â€œA New Reformation!.â€ He was a member of the Dominican Order for 34 years. He holds a doctorate (received summa cum laude) in the History and Theology of Spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris. Seeking to establish a pedagogy that was friendly to learning spirituality, he established an Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality that operated for seven years at Mundelein College in Chicago and twelve years at Holy Names College in Oakland. For ten of those years at Holy Names College Cardinal Ratzinger, as chief Inquisitor and head of the Congregation of Doctrine and Faith (called the Office of the Holy Inquisition until 1965), tried to shut the program down. Ratzinger silenced Fox for one year in 1988 and forced him to step down as director. Three years later he expelled Fox from the Order and then had the program terminated at Holy Names College. Rather than disband his amazing and ecumenical faculty, Fox started his own University called University of Creation Spirituality nine years ago in Oakland, California. Its name has now changed to Wisdom University and Fox is president emeritus and a teaching professor there.