Richard FosterLeading Millions Astray
Richard FosterLeading Millions Astray through Contemplative Spirituality
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His Own Words:
<"Spend some time this week listening to contemplative music designed to quiet you, settle you, deepen you. (Compact discs and tapes from the Taize Community, John Michael Talbot, and the Monks of Weston Priory are especially helpful.)" From Renovare's Perspective Newsletter
What is the Taize Community?
"Taize is an ecumenical sung and silent participatory prayer service designed to achieve a contemplative state through music, song and silence."
Practices Foster Promotes
Richard Foster's "Bible"--THE RENOVARE STUDY BIBLE
Dallas Willard's latest project?
A Richard Foster "Bible" called the Renovare Study Bible, was released by Harper SF in 2004. The Renovare "Bible" will focus on Foster's six disciplines (from his book Streams of Living Waters), one of which is the contemplative practice. One of the people quoted in the Renovare Study Bible is panentheist Thomas Kelly. In Streams of Living Waters, Thomas Kelly is quoted as saying: "Deep within us all [all human beings] there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center" (p. 3 of Testament of Devotion, cited in Streams of Living Water, p. 23, 1st ed, 1998)
Dallas Willard played a large role in helping launch the Renovare Bible.
Samples of the Renovare Study Bible
Renovare's major team member
was trained at Tilden Edward's Shalem Prayer Institute. Read
a few quotes from Tilden Edward's book, Spiritual Friend:
The new ecumenism involved here is not between Christian and Christian, but between Christians and the grace of other intuitively deep religious traditions.(p. 172, 1980ed.)
"This mystical stream [contemplative prayer] is the Western bridge to Far Eastern spirituality."
And yet in spite of quotes such as these that clearly illustrate a universalist mentality ...read more.
For more information and documentation about Richard Foster and contemplative spirituality, read Ray Yungen's cutting-edge book, A Time of Departing.