For lessons in cosmic kindness, the contribution of Hildegard of Bingen, and daily meditations, please visit this Matthew Fox website centered in Creation Spirituality:
The following is an excerpt from https://dailymeditationswithmatthewfox.org/about/
It ends with the first five of forty-eight contrasts he makes between the two traditions, Fall/Redemption vs. Creation Spirituality. How ironic that "salvation", or saving grace, might be found more profoundly in creation spirituality.
CS is in active dialog with scientists about the new cosmology and much more. Thomas Berry writes: “An absence of a sense of the sacred is the basic flaw in many of our efforts at ecologically or environmentally adjusting our human presence to the natural world. It has been said, ‘We will not save what we do not love.’ It is also true that we will neither love nor save what we do not experience as sacred….Eventually only our sense of the sacred will save us.”*
*Thomas Berry, “Foreward,” in Kathleen Deignan, ed., Thomas Merton Writings on Nature: When the Trees Say Nothing (Notre Dame, IN: Sorin Books, 2003), 18f.
Creation Spirituality in Contrast to the Dominant Religious Paradigm (Fall/Redemption Religion)
In my book Original Blessing, published in 1983, I offer a list that contrasts the two traditions of Fall/Redemption Religion and Creation Spirituality. Just recently I met a forty-something man who told me that “those four pages from your book totally changed my understanding of Christian history and they should be made available to everyone.” So I went back and re-read them. I agree. Thus I offer the contrast here in a slightly updated rendition.
Fall/Redemption Religion Creation Spirituality
Begins with sin Begins with Dabhar, God’s Creative energy
Emphasizes original sin Emphasizes original blessing
Faith is “thinking with assent” (Augustine) Faith is trust
Patriarchal Feminist and Gender balanced