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On the Cosmic Christ in Early Christianity

I ended yesterday’s DM with the remark that the Cosmic Christ is the oldest Christology within the New Testomony.  Why is that so?  As a result of Paul and the Gospel of Thomas provoke that consciousness of the omnipresence of Christ within the microcosm and macrocosm of the universe. 

The monogram of Christ surrounded by 4 archangels, mosaic vault, Archiepiscopal Chapel, Ravenna, c. 500 C.E. (picture: GFreihalter, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0, cropped).

It’s actually fascinating to me that Teilhard de Chardin, having rescued the archetype of the Cosmic Christ within the 20th century, noticed that he couldn’t discover anybody—theologians or lay folks—who wished to discover with him this “third nature of Christ.” 

Thomas Merton made the same remark when he famous that the “cosmic mediation of Christ” as discovered, for instance in Paul’s letter to the Colossians (1:15-17) left him “astounded that they obtain so little consideration from Christians in the present day.” 

I supply the next checklist of Scriptural references to the Cosmic Christ within the New Testomony.  Among the many following passages, many are more than likely hymns within the first century of Christianity: Philippians 2:1-24; Romans 8:14-39; Colossians 1:15-20; Ephesians 1: 3-14; Hebrews 1:1-4; John 1: 1-18.  And all through the E-book of Revelation together with 1:5-7; 5:13f; 11:15-18; 12:1-17; 21:1-6 and extra.

I supply a fundamental exegesis and rationalization of every of those wealthy teachings on the Cosmic Christ in my ebook, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ

“The Cosmic Christ” by Ullrrich Javier Lemus. Used with permission.

As well as, the Cosmic Christ is discovered within the Gospels and Acts largely as themes and tales and experiences comparable to Bishop Marc Andrus and myself gathered and artists M C. Richards and Ullrrich Javier Lemus depicted in clay tablets in our ebook, The Stations of the Cosmic Christ

Themes comparable to these: the Start Narratives; the Baptism and Temptation within the Desert; the Transfiguration; The Crucifixion; the Resurrection; the Ascension; the Pentecost; and the “I’m” sayings present in John’s gospel.

This provides as much as no small quantity of the Christian Bible. 

I additionally embrace in The Coming of the Cosmic Christ how theologians of different eras, each the Greek Fathers of the Church and particularly the Center Ages have a lot to say concerning the Cosmic Christ.

Given all this proof of the Cosmic Christ in Christian historical past it’s astounding how the fashionable period was capable of virtually snuff out the riches of that lineage and render Christianity sentimental, violent, flat, boring, insipid, and hostile to indigenous knowledge that begins faith not with the human however with the sacredness of creation (as does Genesis one).

Tailored from Matthew Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, pp. 83-128.

And Matthew Fox, A Means To God: Thomas Merton’s Creation Spirituality Journey, p. 236.

And Matthew Fox and Marc Andrus, Stations of the Cosmic Christ.To learn the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video educating, click on HERE.

Banner Picture: Mosaic of Christ on Excessive with E-book of Life, Early Byzantine c.549, Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe, Ravenna, Italy. Public Area, WikiArt.

Queries for Contemplation

Take any one of many Scriptural references above and browse the textual content and meditate on it.

Advisable Studying

The Coming of the Cosmic Christ: The Therapeutic of Mom Earth and the Start of a International Renaissance

In what could also be thought of probably the most complete define of the Christian paradigm shift of our Age, Matthew Fox eloquently foreshadows the style through which the spirit of Christ resurrects by way of the return to an earth-based mysticism, the expression of creativity, mystical sexuality, the respect due the younger, the rebirth of efficient types of worship—all of those mirroring the continuing blessings of Mom Earth and the restoration of Eros, the female facet of the Divine.
“The eighth marvel of the world…convincing proof that our Western spiritual custom does certainly have the depth of creativeness to reinvent its religion.” — Brian Swimme, writer or The Universe Story and Journey of the Universe.

A Method to God: Thomas Merton’s Creation Spirituality Journey

In A Means to God, Fox explores Merton’s pioneering work in interfaith, his important teachings on mixing contemplation and motion, and the way the imaginative and prescient of Meister Eckhart profoundly influenced Merton in what Fox calls his Creation Spirituality journey.
“This sensible and marvelous ebook will profoundly encourage all those that love Merton and need to know him extra deeply.” — Andrew Harvey, writer of The Hope: A Information to Sacred Activism Goodbye.

Stations of the Cosmic Christ Meditation Playing cards and Information Booklet

Lovely full-color playing cards from Stations of the Cosmic Christ to assist in your meditations on the Cosmic Christ, that includes the pictures of 16 fantastic clay tablets by Javier Ullrrich Lemus and M.C. Richards. Step past the normal Stations of the Cross and expertise a spirit awakening and understanding of the cosmic Christ Consciousness, Buddha consciousness, and consciousness of the picture of God in all beings, so wanted in our occasions. Contains an instruction booklet containing recommendations on the best way to use the playing cards.



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