Matthew Fox and the Limits of Audacity

Today’s commentary deals with Matthew Fox and his new book, A New Reformation: Creation Spirituality and the Transformation of Christianity. Matthew Fox is really not much of a direct threat to historic Christianity. His heretical teachings are so extreme that few churches holding any commitment to biblical Christianity are likely to mistake Fox’s proposals for orthodox Christian teachings. Still, some of his ideas have taken root in unexpected places, where the seductive idea that “spirituality” can replace the affirmation of truth has gained ground.

Furthermore, Fox’s admission that his proposals represent a totally different faith than historic Christianity is itself important. This was J. Gresham Machen’s point in Christianity and Liberalism, after all.

Those interested in a closer look at Fox and his activities will want to check the Web site for Wisdom University (formerly the University of Creation Spirituality) as well as Fox’s personal site. The book, just recently released, advertises Fox’s blog, but the most recent entry seems to be dated May 20, 2005. But then, who has time to blog when you are devising a completely new religion? The word audacity doesn’t quite seem to cover all this, does it?

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