Today there are many websites and Hildegard groups that celebrate and honor Hildegard's teachings, philosophy, art, and music. Author Matthew Fox writes in Hildegard of Bingen about this amazing woman and what we can learn from her.
In an era when women were marginalized, Hildegard was an outspoken, controversial figure. Yet so visionary was her insight that she was sought out by kings, popes, abbots, and bishops for advice. A sixteenth century follower of Martin Luther called her “the first Protestant” because of her appeals to reform the church.
As a writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, healer, artist, feminist, and student of science, Hildegard was a pioneer in many fields in her day.
For many centuries after her death Hildegard was ignored or even ridiculed but today is finally being recognized for her immense contribution to so many areas, including our understanding of our spiritual relationship to the eartha contribution that touches on key issues faced by our planet in the 21st century, particularly with regard to the environment and ecology.
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Table of Contents
Foreword Joan Chittister ix
Hildegard of Bingen
Herald of the Divine Feminine, Green Prophet, Church Reformer
Chapter 1 Who is Hildegard? 1
Chapter 2 Living Words and the Cosmic Christ 11
Hildegard meets Mary Oliver
Chapter 3 The God of Life and Light or the God of Religion? 25
Hildegard meets Howard Thurman
Chapter 4 Hildegard as Eco-Warrior 33
Loving and Defending Mother Earth
Chapter 5 Hildegard and 21st Century Science 45
Hildegard Meets Einstein
Chapter 6 Hildegard's Lineage 63
Creation Spirituality and the Rhineland
Chapter 7 Wild Woman and Shaman Proclaiming Wisdom, Creativity, and the Holy Spirit 81
Hildegard Meets Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Chapter 8 Hildegard as Prophet to Society and Religion 97
Chapter 9 Hildegard as Herald of the Divine Feminine 111
Hildegard meets Dorothee Soelle
Conclusion Is Hildegard a Trojan Horse Entering the Gates of the Vatican? 125
Employing Spiritual Practices in the Spirit of Hildegard