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Archetype of the Apocalypse: Divine Vengeance, Terrorism, and the End of the World Paperback – March 22, 2002

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The late Edward F. Edinger was a leading Jungian analyst and founding member of the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York. He was chairman of the C.G. Jung Training Center in New York, where he practiced for many years.

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Product Details

  • Series: Divine Vengeance, Terrorism, and the End of the World
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Open Court; First Trade Paper Edition edition (March 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081269516X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812695168
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Mr. on July 28, 2002
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I grew up pentacostal and the Apocalypse (as described in Revelations) was a very real event, about to happen at any moment. As a child I never really expected to see my adulthood, "knowing" that the world would end. Now of course, I see things slightly differently. This book by Edinger is why I really enjoy Jungian psychology. Edinger puts into perspective the beliefs of millions of conservative Christian Americans and helps you see it through psychological eyes. I can now breathe a sigh of relief knowing a bit more about the apocalypse but still a little aprehensive knowing that many unconscious "believers" may create a self fulfilling prophesy by their own projections!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mtn Media on January 10, 2008
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While Jung's model of the mind is both elegant and apt, the master in his own words I find a hard slog. My puny brain can read a paragraph over and over with no more comprehension on the fifth read than on the first. Chalk it up to public education.
It is with Jung's disciples that the seeds of his wisdom take root and blossom. Edinger, one of that first (and best) generation, brings a fierce intellect to his task, but keeps it accessible. In today's climate of fear, this psychological analysis of the book of Revelations strikes mighty sparks of relevancy, even for the casually Christian. Most chilling is the belief by this scientist of the subconscious that we Moderns are manifesting the Apocalypse, not perhaps as a fifty-seven headed beast - but as very real collapse and universal agony. How can we avoid it? Probably not possible. But one might survive it by following the Master's advice; become your authentic self. This book provides ample evidence to encourage one along that way.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on September 13, 2008
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Professor Edward Edinger, Psychiatrist, Jungian scholar, and Jehovah Witness, uses the book of Revelations to draw us into a web that intersects at the vertex of all of his many professional realms of interests and understandings. Once he has captured us there, in his own intellectual corner, he then "uses the theme of cultural transition" disguised as, and implicit in, the deeply symbolic scriptures taken from the book of Revelations, to advance an unlikely version of a very "familiar" theory of archetypes: One that turns out to be as much existentialist philosophy and depth psychology as hardcore religiosity.

And what a rich "mother lode" Edinger's mind turns out to be: Erudite and persuasive; inventive and logical, scary and seductive, intense and carefully thought out, meticulous in its details, but all done without a hint of the taint of anti-intellectual religiosity or fanaticism. The author commands his complex ship well through some of the roughest cultural, psychological and existential waters known to modern man, and skillfully brings it safely home to a believable harbor.

His theory is: that a psychological analysis of the book of Revelations reveals that the world as we know it will inexorably come to an end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George Sinnott on August 27, 2008
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Edinger interprets the apocalypse myth as an expression of the experience of the conscious becoming aware the unconscious - a loss of innocence. Disillusion is never a pleasant experience. I expect that much of the interpretation of the images is known in theological circles, it was an awakening for me. An excellent book, although, Jungian writing tends to be heavy reading. Edinger is a highly respect author of a number of influential books about Jungian psychology.
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Edward Edinger was one of the great Jungians: intelligent, perceptive, compassionate, and always understandable to the general reader, no matter how complex the material. He demonstrates all these qualities as writer, psychologist, and concerned human being in this fine book about the symbolic meaning of the Apocalypse. What does it mean to the human psyche? What does it portend? Why are so many people today enslaved & driven to destruction (both of themselves & others) by attempting to live outwardly what is essentially an inner process, one that's frightening but can also be liberating?

Edinger delves deeply here, always providing a calm, guiding voice as he leads us down into the overwhelming powerful chaos & creation of the Unconscious. With the world moving at a faster & faster pace, drowning us in new information & urgency & fear, we're pushed ever closer to the edge of personal apocalypse; we have no safe place, no haven, as the world we've know, the world we've lived in for all our lives, seems to collapse around us. Old & comfortable illusions are stripped away, flayed from the flesh that insulates us from the vast changes that are everywhere. We have the choice of succumbing to the archetype of the apocalypse, and projecting our terrors outward onto scapegoats in a vain effort to save ourselves & our vision of the world as it should be ... or we can face up to it, and do the inner work that will enable us to grow beyond such terrors. What could be more pressing at this late hour?

Most highly & urgently recommended!
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