Intellectual Autobiography of a Jungian Theologian

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This book describes the development of the author’s thinking on religion. It begins with his theological initiation into the supernatural and Aristotelian dualism of Aquinas in the seminary of the late 1950s and early 1960s. It continues through his turn to the immanental theology of Paul Tillich and, through Tillich, to the even deeper interiority of Carl Jung’s psychology and to his decision to train as a Jungian analyst. Jung’s thought led him to an appreciation of the apophatic mystical tradition and its moment of the immersion of the individual in that nothingness beyond the distinction between the divine and the human. The volume also contains an early work in which the author attempts to bridge the gap between the worlds of theology and psychology by relating Tillich’s immanentalism to Jung’s understanding of the “religious function” of the psyche and its role in generating humanity's sense of God. The last work in the volume is a series of essays dealing with the interface of psychology and theology containing essays on Jung’s appreciation of mysticism and a critical analysis of the difficulty in bringing fully together Tillich’s Christian theology and Jung's psychology.


“I came to a deepened appreciation of Jung’s psychology and the myth it bears, when looked at through the prism of those mystics whose experience both anticipates it and is realized in it Jung’s myth then takes the form of a double quaternity. This twofold quaternity centers on the priority of the nothing and on the full cycle of the ego’s commerce with her ...” – from Part I, The Intellectual Autobiography of a Jungian Theologian

Table of Contents

Part One:
Tillich, Jung and the Mystics: The Road to the Double Quaternity
The Turn to the Mystics and the Double Quaternity

Part Two:
The Psyche as Sacrament: A Comparative Study of C.G. Jung and Paul Tillich
The Apologetic Problem
The Psyche as Sacrament
God, the Union of Opposites, and the Trinity
Aspects of the Spirit
Glossary of Jungian Terms

Part Three:
Love, Celibacy and the Inner Marriage
Jung and the Coincidence of Opposites; God, Universe and Individual
Love, Celibacy and the Inner Marriage: Jung and Mechtilde of Magdeburg
Jung’s Understanding of Mysticism: Psychological, Theological and Philosophical Implications
Psyche and Theos: Jung and Tillich Reconsidered
Jung’s Impact on Theology and Religious Studies
Of Human Faiths and Kidney Stones
Notes, Index

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