The Aquinas Nobody (or Hardly Anybody) Knows

Column by Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox on April, 18 2024

It has been my privilege to absorb the teachings of Aquinas in my training as a Dominican and in particular with two notable scholars, Father Athanasius Weisheipl, OP (who went from the Dominican House of Studies in River Forest, Illinois to the Institute of Medieval Studies in Toronto) and the esteemed Aquinas scholar, theologian and historian, Father M. D. Chenu, OP. 

The Edge the Mystics Bring to Religion and Spirituality

Column by Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox on January, 4 2024


It is no secret that institutional religion in the West finds itself in decline.  There are as many people identifying as “Nones” …

From Nuns to Nones: The Future of Western Christianity

Column by Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox on June, 15 2023

The facts emerging about the future of organized religion and institutional Christianity in North America are quite sobering indeed.

M. D. Chenu’s Very Progressive Christianity

Column by Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox on March, 9 2023

Why is a Chenu Institute and a new book about him such good news for progressive Christians today?  Because he was a progressive and courageous theologian throughout his life and was unafraid to break the glass in so many areas of culture and religion including theological education. 

In Praise of Thanks

Column by Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox on November, 24 2022

Thanksgiving 2022.  There is much to be grateful for; and much to be concerned about. 

“Do you Create or do you Destroy?” Evil at Our Doors

Column by Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox on April, 28 2022

Not only does our species do great evil with our vast creativity and intelligence, we also do amazing positive things as well.  We are capable of the Awesome as well as the Awful.

Jennifer Hereth, an Artist-Prophet For Our Times

Column by Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox on September, 9 2021

Today I ask a question: “Is it possible to understand 21st century spirituality without looking at today’s art?”  And if so, to whom should we turn? I highly recommend turning to artist/activist Jennifer Hereth who, during the recent pandemic enclosure time, looked back at her life’s work as an artist and teacher of art and activist who has visited Syrian refugee centers and Sri Lanka war-torn villages as well as the rugged streets of Chicago where she lives to gift us with a spiritual testament for our times. 

How To Save Our Species and Hopefully the Planet as We Know It

Column by Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox on May, 27 2021

Might the global coronavirus emergency we are living through prove to be a kind of shamanistic initiation that is meant to wake us up as a species?  Is facing climate change and extinction another such initiation? What are the most essential shifts in consciousness that our species must undergo if we are to survive?