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Considered one of Jung's most controversial works, Answer to Job also stands as Jung's most extensive commentary on a biblical text. Here, he confronts the story of the man who challenged God, the man who experienced hell on earth and still did not reject his faith. Job's journey parallels Jung's own experience—as reported in The Red Book: Liber Novus—of descending into the depths of his own unconscious, confronting and reconciling the rejected aspects of his soul.
This paperback edition of Jung's classic work includes a new foreword by Sonu Shamdasani, Philemon Professor of Jung History at University College London. Described by Shamdasani as "the theology behind The Red Book," Answer to Job examines the symbolic role that theological concepts play in an individual's psychic life.
This book written late in his career gives a great deal of insight into his thinking on the psychological power of religion.
Praise from previous edition: Dr. Jung speaks with the authority and conviction of his professional insight into the mind of an age whose great longing is for some new heavenly marriage that shall produce a new divine child to save us from impending apocalypse."—Kathleen Raine, Encounter
Praise from previous edition: Jung. . . .points out that the psychology of religion has two aspects, the psychology of religious persons and the psychology of religious 'contents.' He has himself, in this book, made a rare and original contribution to the latter."—A.M. Silver, British Journal of Psychology
Posted March 28, 2010
It took me three years and reading lots of apologies (defensive writings) to finally find an honest, unsweetened, and intellectual analysis of JOB. I had hoped to find a courageous theologian that could handle the job, but it finally fell to one of the greats in psychology instead.
Jung, perhaps Freud's greatest student, gives a blunt and honest account of the 'psychology' of Job without sacrificing his respect, if not deep reverence, for the book.
He then stretches his analysis to explain God's incarnation in Jesus, his continuing incarnation through the Holy Ghost, and finally the schism found in the psyches of St. John and St. Paul because of their struggles between the conscious and unconscious selves.
His use of archetypes are particularly appropriate for studying religion, which is principally an archetypal structure. God, Jesus, The Holy Ghost, Mary, etc. are all archetypes that have made it into the collective unconscious.
One concludes that Jung is a true believer, and as the editor says, "It (Answer to Job) is the most intimate and at the same time the most controversial book he has ever written." Jung concludes himself that God must exist, but one can't be certain if his existence is outside of our own unconsciousness.
This book is a must for every courageous 'seeker'...
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