A Spirituality Named Compassion: Uniting Mystical Awareness with Social Justice

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, 1999 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 285 pages
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• Fox marries mysticism with social justice, leading the way toward a gentler and more ecological spirituality and an acceptance of our interdependence

• A road map to fulfillment for the coming century

In A Spirituality Named Compassion, Matthew Fox, the popular and controversial author, establishes a spirituality for the future that promises personal, social, and global healing. Using his own experiences with the pain and lifestyle changes that resulted from an accident, Fox has written an uplifting book on the issues of ecological justice, the suffering of Earth, and the rights of her nonhuman citizens.

Fox defines compassion as creativity put to the service of justice and argues that we can achieve compassion for both humanity and the environment as we recognize the interconnectedness of all things. Working toward the creation of a gentler, ecological, and feminist Christianity, Fox marries mysticism and social justice, emphasizing that as we enter a new millennium society needs to realize that spirituality's purpose is to guide us on a path that leads to a genuine love of all our relations and a love for our shared interdependence.
 

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Contents

Towards a Meaning of Compassion From Exiling Compassion as Sentiment to Living Compassion as a Way of Life
1
Sexuality and Compassion From Climbing Jacobs Ladder to Dancing Sarahs Circle
36
Psychology and Compassion From a Psychology of Control Competition Compulsion and Dualism to a Psychology of Celebration Letting Be Letting...
68
Creativity and Compassion From a Fetish with the Cross to an Exploration of the Empty Tomb
104
Science Nature and Compassion From a Mechanistic and Piecemeal Universe to an Organic and Interdependent One
140
Economics and Compassion From an Expansionist Economics based on the Wealth of Nations to an Economics of Interdependence based on the Sur...
176
Politics and Compassion From an ELitist and LadderLike Solution to Political Issues to a Just Sharing in a SarahCircle Body Politic
221
Compassion and the Healing of Humpty Dumpty the Global Village and Us From the Salvation of the Mending of the Cracked World Soul
243
NOTES
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About the author (1999)

Matthew Fox is a theologian, educator, former Dominican priest, and the author of such popular books as Original Blessing and The Coming of the Cosmic Christ. The author of twenty-one books and the winner of numerous awards, he is also the founder and president of the University of Creation Spirituality and codirector of The Naropa Institute's master's program in Creation Spirituality, both in Oakland, California.

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