Though he lived in the 13th century, Meister Eckhart is in many ways modern. His thinking was deeply ecumenical, encompassing not just Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism but also shamanism and indigenous spirituality. He advocated for social, economic, and gender justice; taught about what we call ecology; and championed artistic creativity. All of these elements inspired Matthew Fox and influenced his Creation Spirituality.
While Fox sees Eckhart's influence on everyone from Teresa of Avila to Eckhart Tolle, Karl Marx and Carl Jung to Annie Dillard and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, he also wants to introduce Eckhart to those activists addressing contemporary crises. Toward that end, and as he did in his Hildegard of Bingen, Fox creates metaphorical meetings between Eckhart and the Dalai Lama, Thomas Merton, Joanna Macy, Black Elk, Rumi, Adrienne Rich and others. The result is wonderfully reader-friendly while also being profoundly substantive and deeply inspiring.