Saturday, July 30, 2005

95 Theses for the third millennium

Matthew Fox, theologian and excommunicated Catholic priest, perhaps best known for his book Original Blessing, recently posted 95 theses in front of Wittenberg Cathedral in Germany. (In 1517, Martin Luther ignited the Protestant Reformation when he nailed his 95 theses to the doors of Wittenberg, calling for reform within the Catholic Church.) Fox has also posted his theses to his brand-new blog. Clearly he has learned from Witches and Pagans, among others. Here is a sample:

1. God is both Mother and Father.

6. Theism (the belief 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).

8. All are called to be prophets which is to interfere with injustice.

10. ...Science is no enemy of true religion.

18. Ecojustice is necessary for planetary survival and human ethics, and without it we are crucifying the Christ all over again in the form of destruction of forests, waters, species, air, and soil.

23. Sexuality is a sacred act and a spiritual experience, a theophany (a revelation of the Divine), a mystical experience. It is holy and deserves to be honored as such.

33. The term 'original wound' better describes the separation humans experience on leaving the womb and entering the world - a world that is often unjust and unwelcoming - than is 'original sin'.

36. Dancing ... is a very ancient and appropriate form in which to pray.

42. Our connection with the earth (first chakra) is holy; and our sexuality (second chakra) is holy; and our moral outrage (third chakra) is holy; and our love that stands up to fear (fourth chakra) is holy; and our prophetic voice that speaks out (fifth chakra) is holy; and our intuition and intelligence (sixth chakra) are holy; and our gifts we extend to the community of light beings and ancestors (seventh chakra) are holy.

55. God speaks today as in the past through all religions and all cultures and all faith traditions, none of which is perfect nor an exclusive avenue to truth, but all of which can learn from each other.

64. Biophilia, or love of life, is everyone's daily task.

1 comment:

Laura said...

Thanks for posting this! I really liked the theses that you included.