Naming the Unnameable: 89 Wonderful and Useful Names for God ...Including the Unnameable God
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About the Author
Matthew Fox, who holds a doctorate in the history and theology of spiritualities from the Institut catholique de Paris, is author of 35 books on spirituality and culture that have been translated into 69 languages and received many awards. Since Creation Spirituality is both a mystical and a prophetic tradition, Fox's support of social, racial and gender justice disturbed naysayers in the Vatican which silenced him for a year and then pressured the Dominican Order to dismiss him after 34 years. Subsequently he founded the University of Creation Spiritualty in California and became an Episcopal priest. A new school called the Fox Institute in Creation Spirituality has recently been launched in Colorado. He is a visiting scholar with the Academy of the Love of Learning in Santa Fe, New Mexico founded by Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Stern. He lives in northern California. Among the awards granted him have been the Gandhi-King-Ikeda Peace Award from Morehouse College, the Tikkun Ethics Award, and the Courage of Conscience Award from the Peace Abbey of Sherborn, Massachusetts. Other recipients of this award include the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Ernesto Cardinale and Maya Angelou.
"Naming the Unnamable offers a smorgasbord of spiritual delights that will enrich the prayer life of both believers and nonbelievers. Fox's radiant images and creative appellations transform the generic "God" into a vibrant, intimate Source for personal communion. Even those who have abandoned conventional religion will find wisdom and inspiration in these beautifully articulated reflections."
-Estelle Frankel, author of Sacred Therapy and The Wisdom of Not Knowing
"How refreshing! Fox shows how we can think about God in so many different ways, freeing our minds and liberating our imaginations. It is easy not to believe the narrow conception of God that atheists do not believe in, but it is hard not to be inspired by a God who is energy, breath, life, flow, love, joy and the cause of wonder. This book is timely, important and admirably brief, it is also open ended."
-Rupert Sheldrake, author of The Presence of the Past
"These are not just names but 89 theories of God across the ages and the planet, each focusing on the characteristic it deems most divine. Matthew Fox leads us on a startling and beautiful journey through humanity's capacity to envision God, showing every way of looking at God is legitimate if it raises the aspirations of its adherents and their ability to carry them out. Is there objectively a God? What 'God' even means explodes in this little book like fireworks in the mind."
-Nancy Abrams, author of A God That Could Be Real
"I've always experienced the Divine as expressing through everything around me: the squirrel chattering up the oak tree, the waves crashing on the shore, my baby boy looking me in the eyes. Matthew Fox in Naming the Unnameable allows us to explore all of the many and dynamic ways that God speaks and breathes and plays in the world."
-Jennifer Berit Listug, co-author with Matthew Fox and Skylar Wilson of Order of the Sacred Earth
"This is a simple book written by a brilliant man who gives us a democratic vision of the names of God. It will be sure to appeal to readers of many faiths, scientists, and nature lovers as well."
-Steven Herrmann, author of Spiritual Democracy
"Matthew Fox leads us on an important yet easily absorbable exploration of the multiplicity of forms in which we perceive the Divine in our lives. While we so readily seek to differentiate, define or even dispel the sacred, we desperately need teachers like Fox who show us the unity in diversity. I suspect that anyone can find some names in this book that resonate for them, whether scientist or artist, believer or atheist, old or young, female or male. Fox's depth of insight and abundant compassion is felt throughout the pages as he helps us embrace and share in the wholeness of who We are."
-Sky Nelson-Isaacs, M.Sc. Physics and author of Living in Flow
"In Naming the Unnameable, Matthew Fox generously brings 'God' down to Earth and us into contact with the Great Mystery that dances all around and within us. He brings the arch of Western Religion back home ...and with it, opens up a sense of the sacred for all to experience all-ways."
--Skylar Wilson, co-author with Matthew Fox and Jennifer Berit Listug of Order of the Sacred Earth
"There is a call of profound importance echoing around the world and Matthew Fox is one of those whose empowering courage has given it real depth, resonance, and imagination. Naming the Unnameable is an invitation to deep reflection and the emergence of our true embodied humanity. It is a book of wonderment, of stillness, and it calls us home. Fox gives voice to some of the innumerable names by which we know the numinous mystery of divinity. Should we accept his invitation to courageous contemplation and the unfolding wonderment that would be sure to follow, we may indeed find our way to the global renaissance we so urgently need."
-Mac Macartney, author of The Invisible Path
"Matthew Fox elegantly offers a contemplative practice that transforms the names of God to the experience of God." -Deepak Chopra MD