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Psychology and Religion (The Terry Lectures Series) Paperback – September 10, 1960
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I will go over this volume one essay at a time:
The first essay is entitled "Psychology and Religion" and is a very useful, readable, and somewhat generalized overview on Jung's opinions on religion, and its usefulness in preventing neurosis. This essay is an ideal introduction.
Next comes the esaay "A Psychological Approach to the Dogma of the Trinity". This is a very complex and profound essay, and deals with some of the most perplexing and mysterious concepts in all of theology. Specifically, it attempts to explain the precise nature of the Holy Ghost. It may be hard to relate to this essay unless you have had a numinous religious experience, such as a connection of coincidences with an underlying Biblical message. But Jung does a remarkable job dealing with this complex subject.
Next comes the essay "Transformation Symbolism in the Mass". This is my least favorite essay in this collection. Jung describes in excruciating detail the painstaking procedures involved in carrying out a proper symbolic mass. This wouldn't be so bad if Jung would have actually given us his interpretation of the symbolic significance of the procedures contained within the mass, but he does not do this. Instead, he simply explains in a very boring and dry manner what is to be done in performing the mass, and does not venture an interpretation of what any of this means. This is the only weak essay in this volume, however, and the rest of the book is classic, vintage Jung.Read more ›
I laughed when I read these older reviews as it appears that each of us sees something different in this book. Reading this book is as fascinating as looking at a Gestalt image. Whatever life experiences we bring to Jung's table, is what we will see.
Jung used a patient's dreams as a convenient framework for his discussion. He tells us about dream symbolism; the importance of confession and conscience to healing; Catholic and Protestant creeds, and a bit about Eastern religions, yet the lessons I am receiving from this book center on religion, faith, and current world news.
None of the ghastly global situations that are so real to us had yet occurred when Jung wrote this book. Even the Holocaust of WW2 was far in the future,yet this book could have been drafted while watching CNN this morning.
A few quotations:
"Unfortunately there is no doubt about the fact that man is, as a whole, less good than he imagines himself or wants to be. Everyone carries a shadow..."
If a man imagined that I was his arch-enemy and killed me, I should be dead on account of mere imagination. Imaginations do exist and they may be just as real and just as obnoxious as physical conditions.
"Nobody can know what the ultimate things are. We must, therefore, take them as we experience them. And if such experience helps make your life healthier, more beautiful, more complete and more satisfactory to yourself and to those you love, you may safely say: "This was the grace of God."
Belief vs. Thought:
p. 110 "People who believe and don't think always forget that they continually expose themselves to their own worst enemy: doubt. Wherever belief reigns, doubt lurks in the background. But thinking people welcome doubt: it serves them as a valuable stepping-stone to better knowledge. People who can believe should be a little more tolerant with those of their fellows who are only capable of thinking. Belief has already conquered the summit which thinking tries to win by toilsome climbing. The believer ought not to project his habitual enemy, doubt, upon the thinker, thereby suspecting him of destructive designs...let the believer rejoice that others, too, seek to climb the mountain on whose peak he sits."
p. 449 "Irritability, bad moods, and outbursts of affect are the classic symptoms of chronic virtuousness."
The Statistical Distribution of Human Development In Terms of Years and Historical Periods:
p. 308 "There are people who, psychologically, might be living in the year 5000 B. C., i.e., who can still successfully solve their conflicts as people did seven thousand years ago. There are countless troglodytes and barbarians living in Europe and in all civilized countries, as well as a large number of medieval Christians. On the other hand, there are relatively few who have reached the level of consciousness which is possible in our time.Read more ›
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This is a very hard read. He has to explain everything he's explaining. It's more theory than fact and if I wasn't so interested in the subject I don't think I would try so hard to... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Teri Rowell
a very insightful and important work. this being said it only scratches the surface. i believe insights like Jung's and others is the cure to religious fundamentalism which is... Read morePublished 20 months ago by AMA
The importance of Carl Jung's work in psychoanalysis and the development of personality tests can not be underestimated. Read morePublished on July 26, 2014 by Andrew Olsen
If you are a Jung fan, you will want to read everything you can get your hands on. I would however recommend a basic knowledge of Jung's theories, before reading this. Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by Cynthia K. McWilliams
Easy to understand, great progression from one idea to another with each one supporting the following idea. Great for people looking for a new way of defining their inner thoughts. Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by Brian Kinnett
this is one of carl jung's most extraordinary volumes from the collected works. his take on the psychology of christianity is beautiful.Published on May 22, 2013 by ruxandra panaitescu
This 1938 book is based on a series of lectures given at Yale University, and is divided into chapters on "The Autonomy of the Unconscious Mind," "Dogma and Natural Symbols," and... Read morePublished on August 25, 2010 by Steven H Propp
This collection of three lectures given by Carl Jung in 1937 presents an early version of his mature view on the role of the unconscious in formulating religious symbols. Read morePublished on September 12, 2009 by Gendun