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Ex-priest and "visionary theologian" Matthew Fox is nothing if not anaficionado of pastiche. His ecumenism blends Hinduism and Christianitywith a healthy wallop of feel-good therapeutic rigamarole and knee-jerkleftist philosophy. The basic problem with modern society, Fox believes,is that it downplays the search for meaning. "We are a species made forcosmology, yet our culture has rendered us passive couch potatoes andshopping and entertainment addicts. In short, we have been cut off fromthe big universe, and consequently we are bored, boring, and violent."

The most important part of this separation from the "big universe" is theassociation of flesh with sin. Fox's mission is to reclaim flesh and thehuman body as sites of meaning, even of divinity. "Instead of fear fromflesh and flight from flesh and dogmas against flesh, it is time for theawe of flesh." In this service, he enlists sources as diverse as WaltWhitman, mystic philosopher Rumi, management consultants, biologists, and--oh yes--Jesus. It's hard to know what to make of this book, except tosit back and wonder at the odd thoughts which flash through Fox's mind.

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