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Fox's 95: 89-93

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89. The proper objects of the human heart are truth and justice (Aquinas) and all people have a right to these through healthy education and healthy government."
I'm reminded of the words of the Prophet Micah, who said that what God requires of us is 1. to do justly 2. to love mercy 3. to walk humbly with God.

"90. "God” is only one name for the Divine One and there are an infinite number of names for God and Godhead and still God “has no name and will never be given a name.” (Eckhart)"
Honestly I still have a notion of YHWH representing God's "proper" name but yes, God has many names and in a way is beyond naming.

"91. Three highways into the heart are silence and love and grief."
There's truth to that. Not particularly fond of the last one, but true.

"92. The grief in the human heart needs to be attended to by rituals and practices that, when practiced, will lessen anger and allow creativity to flow anew."
I like this.

"93. Two highways out of the heart are creativity and acts of justice and compassion."

Fox's 95: 84-88

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84. The Dark Night of the Soul is a learning place of great depth. Stillness is required.
Hm. Wise. I need to learn/include stillness again in my life...tho' I don't feel like I'm currently going thru a Dark Night of the Soul.

85. Not only is there a Dark Night of the Soul but also a Dark Night of Society and a Dark Night of our Species.
Sounds true.

86. Chaos is a friend and a teacher and an integral part or prelude to new birth. Therefore it is not to be feared or compulsively controlled.

Ah, now I'm reminded of the days I was interested in Discordianism. :) Yes, there is definitely a role for chaos, "the uncarved block" as Hakim Bey said.

87. Authentic science can and must be one of humanity’s sources of wisdom for it is a source of sacred awe, of childlike wonder, and of truth.

:) Yes. (Not to be one of those people who uses a zillion smilies, but this *does* make me happy.) See Carl Sagan's _Contact_...and for that matter, that look on his face in _Cosmos_ (I think?) when a fluffy seed blows by him on the wind.

88. When science teaches that matter is “frozen light” (physicist David Bohm) it is freeing human thought from scapegoating flesh as something evil and instead reassuring us that all things are light. This same teaching is found in the Christian Gospels (Christ is the light in all things) and in Buddhist teaching (the Buddha nature is in all things). Therefore, flesh does not sin; it is our choices that are sometimes off center.
Ah yes. Back to that Original Blessing, Original Wisdom, Original Masterpiece, etc. I like this.

Fox's 95: 76-83

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76. Consumerism is today’s version of gluttony and needs to be confronted by creating an economic system that works for all peoples and all earth’s creatures.
I agree (and, as it happens, the current Pope seems to agree as well.)

77. Seminaries as we know them, with their excessive emphasis on left-brain work, often kill and corrupt the mystical soul of the young instead of encouraging the mysticism and prophetic consciousness that is there. They should be replaced by wisdom schools.
I haven't been to seminary, but I would agree inasmuch as I agree that the left and right halves of the brain need to balance each other.

78. Inner work is required of us all. Therefore spiritual practices of meditation should be available to all and this helps in calming the reptilian brain. Silence or contemplation and learning to be still can and ought to be taught to all children and adults.
This is good. Problem is, I don't meditate (centering prayer) as often as I should.

79. Outer work needs to flow from our inner work just as action flows from non-action and true action from being.
This is good too.

80. A wise test of right action is this: What is the effect of this action on people seven generations from today?
Good food for thought, though it is not always easy to imagine/know what the future holds.

81. Another test of right action is this: Is what I am doing, is what we are doing, beautiful or not?
I like it, but I guess it depends on one's definition of beauty.

82. Eros, the passion for living, is a virtue that combats acedia or the lack of energy to begin new things and is also expressed as depression, cynicism or sloth (also known as “couchpotatoitis”).
Well, there are different seasons of life and a time to begin things, a time to continue things, and a time of end things. Energy, too, comes and goes in its time.

83. The Dark Night of the Soul descends on us all and the proper response is not addiction such as shopping, alcohol, drugs, TV, sex or religion but rather to be with the darkness and learn from it.
Religion as an addiction is something I guess I would have liked to see explained/unpacked more, but this is good. Last Lenten season I went thru the section of _Originally Blessed_ on the Via Negativa, but perhaps it would also/especially be appropriate for the Advent season, in the Northern Hemisphere anyways, where it's winter and getting darker.

Fox's 95: 62-75

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62. The universe does not suffer from a shortage of grace and no religious institution is to see its task as rationing grace. Grace is abundant in God’s universe.
Amein and Amen.

63. Creation, Incarnation and Resurrection are continuously happening on a cosmic as well as a personal scale. So too are Life, Death and Resurrection (regeneration and reincarnation) happening on a cosmic scale as well as a personal one.

Biophilia or Love of Life is everyone’s daily task.

Inspiring (perhaps?) way of putting it. Personally I might say Love is my (& everyone's) daily task.

Necrophilia or love of death is to be opposed in self and society in all its forms.

Opposed to Love and Truth, anyways. And opposed to the good of self and society.

Evil can happen through every people, every nation, every tribe, and every individual human and so vigilance and self-criticism and institutional criticism are always called for.


67. Not all who call themselves “Christian” deserve that name just as “not all who say ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven” (Jesus).
Well, it's a matter of grace, not deserving. But there is some truth to this statement, though I think ultimately that is for God whom it applies to.

68. Pedophilia is a terrible wrong but its cover-up by hierarchy is even more despicable.
Perhaps I might have worded this differently by changing "but" to "and" and "even more" to "no less" but either way: valid.

69. Loyalty and obedience are never a greater virtue than conscience and justice.
True. All are virtues, although it depends on who/what the loyalty and obedience are to. (I think loyalty is one my virtues, personally. One reason I am a Hufflepuff. :) )

Jesus said nothing about condoms, birth control or homosexuality.

Lol, true! And I really wish more pro-lifers would figure out that birth control *prevents* abortion. Dramatically. Seriously, it really isn't that hard to figure out.

71. A church that is more preoccupied with sexual wrongs than with wrongs of injustice is itself sick.
Yup. One-track mind.

72. Since homosexuality is found among 464 species and in 8 percent of any given human population, it is altogether natural for those who are born that way and is a gift from God and nature to the greater community.
Yes...may actually be 10%, and who knows who might still be in the closet. Oh, and "homophobia is only found in 1" species. Which brings me to:

73. Homophobia in any form is a serious sin against love of neighbor, a sin of ignorance of the richness and diversity of God’s creation as well as a sin of exclusion.

74. Racism, Sexism and militarism are also serious sins.
Agreed. Sorry to see sexism in my faith...not what Jesus was/is about!

75. Poverty for the many and luxury for the few is not right or sustainable.

True. For some to be wealthier is not necessarily bad, but when many can't afford all the necessities of living, while some are filthy rich, well, that's not right.

Fox's 95: 58-61

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58. The cosmos is God’s holy Temple and our holy home.

Yes. "The whole Earth is filled with [God's] glory." (Is. 6:3)

59. Fourteen billion years of evolution and unfolding of the universe bespeak the intimate sacredness of all that is.
Hm. :) I like this but would like more unpacking.

60. All that is is holy and all that is is related for all being in our universe began as one being just before the fireball erupted.
Well, not *all* that is holy...God is holy, and God is eternal.

61. Interconnectivity is not only a law of physics and of nature but also forms the basis of community and of compassion. Compassion is the working out of our shared interconnectivity both as to our shared joy and our shared suffering and struggle for justice.
Yes, and this especially goes for caring for the environment imo...there

Fox's 95: 57

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57. Since the “number one obstacle to interfaith is a bad relationship with one’s own faith,” (the Dalai Lama) it is important that Christians know their own
mystical and prophetic tradition, one that is larger than a religion of empire and its punitive father images of God.

Okay...I agree.

95 theses: 1-10

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i meant to write on Matthew Fox's new 95 theses starting on Pentecost, one a day. but i forgot for more than a week. oh well, i will start now and try to make up for lost time.

1. God is both Mother and Father.
I totally agree.
2. At this time in history, God is more Mother than Father because the feminine is most missing and it is important to bring gender balance back.
I think God is equally both and neither, but i agree that the balance must be brought back. I don't usually refer to God in feminine terms around people who would likely have a problem with that, tho.
3. God is always new, always young and always “in the beginning.”
God is timeless and eternal, so in a sense, yes, this makes sense.
4. God the Punitive Father is not a God worth honoring but a false god and an idol that serves empire-builders. The notion of a punitive, all-male God, is contrary to the full nature of the Godhead who is as much female and motherly as it is masculine and fatherly.
There are many aspects or attributes of God, including fatherly and punitive.  However, God is also slow to anger and to portray God solely as punitive Father is sad.
5. “All the names we give to God come from an understanding of ourselves.” (Eckhart) Thus people who worship a punitive father are themselves punitive.
This is a good point.
6. Theism (the idea that God is ‘out there’ or above and beyond the universe) is false. All things are in God and God is in all things (panentheism).
I believe God is both transcendant ("'out there' or above and beyond the universe") and imminent ("in all things").
7. Everyone is born a mystic and a lover who experiences the unity of things and all are called to keep this mystic or lover of life alive.
Quite a claim, but that potential, at least, is in all people.  And to some extent i think children do have this tendency.
8. All are called to be prophets which is to interfere with injustice.
Yes. That can take a lot of guts, tho, which i often don't have much of.
9. Wisdom is Love of Life (See the Book of Wisdom: “This is wisdom: to love life” and Christ in John’s Gospel: “I have come that you may have life and have it in abundance.”)
Yes, that is an aspect of wisdom, at least.  and Wisdom (Sophia) also loves life, for She created life and indeed is Life.
10. God loves all of creation and science can help us more deeply penetrate and appreciate the mysteries and wisdom of God in creation. Science is no enemy of true religion.