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A strategy for a loss of faith (Studies in Jungian psychology by Jungian analysts; 56) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-919123-57-0 1. G. (Carl Gustav), 1875-1961 Views on Christianity. 2. Psychology and religion. 3. Christianity Controversial literature. 4. Belief and doubt. I. Title. II. Series. 5'15 C92-094356-X Copyright © 1992 by John P. Dourley. All rights reserved. INNER CITY BOOKS Box 1271, Station Q, Toronto, Canada M4T 2P4 Telephone (416) 927-0355 FAX 416-924-1814 Honorary Patron: Marie-Louise von Franz.
What safeguards might Jung's mature psychology proffer to avoid the disasters that have plagued previous ages in their efforts to unite the opposites of the divine and human, and to unite in the human the opposites of the divine, the synthesis that so eluded Jung's father? Jung's psychology would answer along the following lines. We now realize that conscious dialogue with the unconscious in whatever form, but especially in the form of the dream, is functionally a dialogue with divinity. This realization could restore a safer religiosity to contemporary believer and nonbeliever alike, for the dialogue, at least in the nonpsychotic, would be with the Self and so with its anti-inflationary, balancing influence on consciousness.
His suffering . . 39 Even though at the time of this dream Jung had already completed his work on gnosticism and the intimacy it establishes between the divine and the human (Aion, CW 9ii), the dream pressed him yet further. 41 In this dream his father is portrayed as living a rural life at a former country inn. He was guardian of the sarcophagi of famous people and princes. He was also a distinguished scholar, a tribute, notes Jung, never paid to his father throughout his career. In the presence of two mutual acquaintances, a father and son, both psychiatrists, his father began an interpretation of a passage from the Pentateuch, using a Bible bound in fish skin.
A strategy for a loss of faith: Jung's proposal by John P. Dourley