Another Pair of Eyes: The Gospels as Seen from the Perspective of the Archetypes

Another Pair of Eyes: The Gospels as Seen from the Perspective of the Archetypes

by Dolores Burkhard


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I have just read "Matthew" well written, brilliant interweaving, understandable, wonderful! I think you show deep understanding of my work. You are showing the biblical foundations of it all. This feels like a "Tillichian miracle" to me.
With deep appreciation for your genius, Robert Moore

The gospels will never be the same after you read this book and find that its theory is self-evident. The author has combined the insights of scripture scholars and those of modern psychology using the works of psychologist Dr. Robert Moore regarding the archetypes which are part of every human psyche. The scriptural insights are unique, creative, visionary even and offer the reader a new but very true perspective on the gospels.

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ISBN-13: 9781481708616
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 03/12/2013
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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The gospels as seen from the perspective of the archetypes



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I can't remember when I first had the insight that Mark's gospel can be allied to the Warrior/Activist Archetype, but as I heard it many more times in the liturgy, meditated on it and read books about it, I became more and more convinced that this is so. My understanding of the magnetic energy of the Warrior/Activist archetype is that we are drawn to certain characteristics when under its influence. These characteristics according to Dr. Robert Moore are altruism, idealism, activitism, loyalty, preparedness and courage.

The Warrior Energy

Altruism is the quality of looking beyond oneself to concern for others. There is a certain nobility of character in those who put others before themselves. The famous "Prayer of St. Francis" demonstrates this quality very dramatically:

    Grant that I may seek more to console than to
    be consoled,
    To understand than to be understood,
    To love than to be loved.

Idealism is the quality of always looking for the best in others and in every situation. St. Ignatius' "Presupposition" is one of the best expressions of this quality, "to be more eager to put a good interpretation on a neighbor's statement than to condemn it."

Abe Lincoln was said to have expressed this with: "There is so much good in the worst of us, so much bad in the best of us ... that it ill behooves any of us to speak badly of the rest of us."

Idealism can lead to a certain kind of naiveté. Catherine of Siena, it would seem, was one of those people who became the victim of her own idealistic naiveté, embracing an unrealistic idealism. She strove to bring about peace between petty kingdom states with little success and finally died of a broken heart over the schism that wrenched the church she loved so much.

In Don Quixote, Cervantes has given us a humorous picture of the tragedy of trying to apply ideals without consideration of a current situation. Don Quixote's ideals are wonderful but he has no practical sense of applying them except in a fantasy world.

Ideals, however, are very important to our mental health. Without them we flounder in mediocrity and uselessness. Ideals are like the stars—we need them to guide us even though they remain always out of our grasp. Spiritually speaking, the closer we get to them the more we realize that we are still a very great way off.

Activitism is the practice of intense involvement for a particular purpose. Ignatius' prayer best summarizes this:

    Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous
    Teach me to serve you as you deserve
    To give and not to count the cost
    To fight and not to heed the wounds
    To toil and not to seek for rest
    To labor and not to seek for reward
    Except that of knowing that I am doing your will.

The prayer includes the phrase "to fight" because Christian life is, of necessity, a struggle with evil forces, be they human or angelic. We have to fight against our own less worthy tendencies and we have to struggle for justice in the world. Anyone who sets about doing good will immediately be faced with a multitude of obstacles.

Unfortunately many people, without even knowing that they are doing so, identify with, rather than consciously seek to manage, the Warrior Archetype. When that happens they take it upon themselves to be at war with anything or anyone they deem to be unrighteous as compared with themselves. This was the struggle Jesus had with some of the Pharisaical leaders. Modern "warriors" are of this type, that is, persons who are possessed by, rather than consciously able to utilize this energy. Some examples from the world of religions would be liturgical police and heretic hunters. I worked in a parish where there was a gentleman who came to the evening Mass solely to take notes on what we did wrong so he could take me, the pastor, the bishop and even the Vatican to task for even the slightest infringement of liturgical rubrics. I finally asked him why he came. If the Mass meant what he professed it did, he should be so overcome with love and devotion that he would not even notice such things.

Patriotism and war can easily be confused with righteous activity. Many a marching war song is used to activate the energy associated with this archetype as we hear in the song on the battlement in Les Miserables:

    Do you hear the people sing?
    Singing a song of angry men?
    It is the music of a people
    Who will not be slaves again!
    When the beating of your heart
    Echoes the beating of the drums
    There is a life about to start
    When tomorrow comes!

    Will you give all you can give
    So that our banner may advance
    Some will fall and some will live
    Will you stand up and take your chance?
    The blood of the martyrs
    Will water the meadows of France!

We also hear it in the US Battle Hymn of the Republic:

    In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across
    the sea,
    With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you
    and me:
    As He died to make men holy, let us die to make
    men free,
    While God is marching on.

But a careful, sincere reading of the gospel will actually show us that physical battle is not the best or desired way to freedom. Jesus' last words to Peter were "Put up your sword ...!" War should be the absolute last resort to correcting a grievous injustice.

Preparedness is the quality of always being ready to do what has to be done—to spring into action even to the point of death if need be. A good example of this is the Jesuits resolve to be at the disposal of the Holy Father—to go whenever, wherever needed. Similar mottos govern some of our military services, Marines: Semper Fidelis. Coast Guard: Semper Paratus.

Loyalty is the quality of faithfulness. The Book of Revelation in particular emphasizes this quality:

... grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, who has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Rev. 1:4-8

Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Beware, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison so that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have affliction. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. Rev. 2:10

In one of his talks about the archetype, Robert Moore comments that this feature of loyalty is critically necessary if we are to remain faithful to commitments and even to spouses. The Warrior/Activist and Lover archetypes create conflict within us, each seeking to drown out the influence of the other. It takes a lot of experience to learn to balance

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Table of Contents


Introduction....................     ix     

1. The Gospel of Mark as seen from the perspective of the Warrior/Idealist
Archetype....................     1     

2. The Gospel of Matthew as seen from the perspective of the Sovereign
Archetype....................     24     

3. The Gospel of Luke as seen from the perspective of the Sage Archetype...     58     

4. The Gospel of John as seen from the perspective of the Lover Archetype..     125     

5. Celtic Knots, Epilog—tying it all together....................     207     

Bibliography....................     231     

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