Radiantly You! Session 65
{Naming the Unnameable God with Dr. Matthew Fox}

Air Date: 11/14/2018 – 8am Pacific Time
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Show Summary:

Have you ever had a hard time putting words to what God means to you? Or maybe you’re like me and the name God doesn’t fit for you anymore. In this episode of Radiantly You, Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox – a brilliant postmodern theologian, activist and author – extends a helping hand (and heart) in this area. He explains that as we go through deep changes, so too does our understanding of the Divine. In his new book, Naming the Unnameable, Matthew shares “89 wonderful and useful names for God,” which he says are only a fraction of the trillions of names for God.

 

Show Notes:

Like a lot of people, my relationship to the mysterious higher power has changed as my ideas about religion and spirituality have unfolded to new depths. Even what I call ‘God’ seems to be evolving and I admit that I’ve felt a bit guilty about longing for another name – one that better reflects my more mature relationship with God. Thanks to a new book by today’s guest, Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox, my imagination has been ignited and I sense now that in naming God, I’ve really been wanting to experience God.

The way Matthew talks about this really resonates with me and I’m so happy he agreed to share his extensive wisdom with us! Matthew says that as we become more globally conscious and continue to evolve, we actually need a new understanding of God – I love that! In “Naming the Unnameable: 89 Wonderful and Useful Names for God…Including the Unnameable God,” he offers names like Beloved, Laughter, Light and Mind of the Universe – along with contemplations for drawing us closer to the divine mystery of being (and beyond!).

We’ll also talk about apophatic naming of Divinity, which Matthew covers in his book – something I’d never heard of before (but am now so intrigued by!). He says this category of God-naming “denies any name for God but rests with the experience that God surpasses all naming,” and he shares why it’s a valuable practice.

If you find yourself trying so hard to name God but failing to find adequate ways to do so, you’ll want to listen to this enlightening conversation with Matthew.

 

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About Matthew Fox:

Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox is a brilliant postmodern theologian and author of 33 books, including “Creation Spirituality” and “Original Blessing” and his latest work, “Naming the Unnameable.” Matthew has dedicated his life to building awareness of Creation Spirituality. In these days of grief, anger, addiction, and couch potatoitis, individual men and women and our society as a whole are deeply in need of awakening to our birthright and calling as mystics, creators, and prophets. Deeply hungering to reconnect with our roots in the sacred Earth and the indwelling Spirit. And the practices of Creation Spirituality can provide this healing.

Author and geologian Thomas Berry has the best review of Matthew that I’ve seen, so I’ll share it here: “Matthew Fox might well be the most creative, the most comprehensive, surely the most challenging religious-spiritual teacher in America. He has the scholarship, the imagination, the courage, the writing skill to fulfill this role at a time when the more official Christian theological traditions are having difficulty in establishing any vital contact with either the spiritual possibilities of the present or with their own most creative spiritual traditions of the past….He has, it seems, created a new mythic context for leading us out of our contemporary religious and spiritual confusion into a new clarity of mind and peace of soul, by affirming rather than abandoning any of our traditional beliefs.”

 


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