Fox, Matthew (b. Timothy James)(1940– ) priest, theologian; born in Madison, Wis. He nearly lost his legs to polio at age 12; upon his recovery he became devoted to the Catholic Church. He studied in Chicago and Paris, was ordained (1967), and began to follow a path of Christian mysticism in the tradition of Meister Eckhart and Thomas Aquinas. He directed the Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality in Oakland, California (1983). Convinced that original blessing was greater than original sin, he promoted his vision of a vibrant, sensual faith. He wrote On Becoming a Musical, Mystical Bear: Spirituality American Style (1972), Meditations with Meister Eckhart (1983), and The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (1988).
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