Dark Religion: Fundamentalism from The Perspective of Jungian Psychology

Dark Religion: Fundamentalism from The Perspective of Jungian Psychology

Dark Religion: Fundamentalism from The Perspective of Jungian Psychology

Dark Religion: Fundamentalism from The Perspective of Jungian Psychology


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Jungian analysts Vlado Solc and George J. Didier set out to explore the psychological dynamics and causes of religious fundamentalism and fanaticism. The book offers an in-depth-psychological analysis of what happens when a person becomes possessed by the unconscious energies of the Self.

Dark Religion also reveals that spirituality is an inherent dimension of human life and one of its most essential needs. It only becomes "dark" when it denies, ignores, or separates itself from its vital roots.

The authors coin the term "dark religion" to describe all forms of fanatical, radical and extreme religions. Their study shows how dark religion leads to profound conflicts on both the personal and cultural level--including terrorism and wars.

surveys the vast contemporary cultural and religious landscapes. All the while discovering the emergent forms of spiritual praxis in light of postmodernism and the rise of fundamentalism in the new millennium.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630513986
Publisher: Chiron Publications
Publication date: 11/09/2018
Pages: 454
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

Vlado Solc is a professional psychotherapist and Jungian Analyst practicing in Milwaukee, WI. Vlado received training from C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and Charles University in Prague. Vlado lives in constant awe about the miracle of existence. He is an author of three depth psychology-oriented books published in Czech Republic: Psyche, Matrix, Reality; The Father Archetype and In the Name of God - Fanaticism from Perspective of Depth Psychology.

George J. Didier is a clinical psychologist and Jungian Analyst practicing in Rockford and Crystal Lake, IL George is a former Catholic priest. He holds graduate degrees in psychology, theology, and spirituality. George studied at Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., Chicago Theological Seminary, the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago. He is the author of Vocational Crisis: Transformations in Ministry.

Table of Contents

Foreword v

Acknowledgments ix

Introducton xi

Chapter I Religion: A Depth Psychology Perspectve 1

Functons of Religion 3

Religious Extremism is Potentally Dangerous 4

The Numinosum and the Development of Religion 5

Psyche is Real 8

Questons 10

Chapter II The Emergent Dispensaton and Third Millennium Spirituality 15

The Task of the Postmodern World 16

Spiritual But Not Religious 18

Spirituality and Its Commercializaton 19

Fundamentalism Across All Disciplines 21

Religion As The Fabric of Human Life 23

Chapter III Archetypal Processes and Phenomena of Religion in Jungian Theory 27

Religio 27

The Numinosum 33

Creed 45

Relatonship Between Creed and Ritual 54

Spirituality 66

Chapter IV The Emerging Psychological Dispensaton 87

The Reality of The Psyche 89

Spirit of The Depths 91

Soul: The Sacred Space Shared Between Religion and Depth Psychology 94

Relatonship to Soul 96 God and Soul 97

Jung’s Experience of Soul 99

Soul and Sexuality: The Gateway to The Self 102

The Language of The Soul 107

A Psychospiritual Dispensaton 108

Psyche and Religion 111

The Evoluton of Religion and The Psychological Dispensaton 112

The Religious Dispensaton 115

Fear Of One’s Self 122

Contnuing Incarnaton 128

Complexio Oppositorum 129

Chapter V Analytcal Psychology and the Dynamics of Extreme Religion 135

Delineaton of the Concept of Strong Religion in Jungian Psychology 135

Concept of One-Sidedness In Jungian Psychology 141

The Inferior Functon: A Typological Aspect of Extreme Religion 161

Possession and Inflaton 174

Family Complexes and the Development of Religious Extremism 185

Jung’s Take on Privato Boni Doctrine 217

Chapter VI The Phenomenology of the Extreme Religion 225

Fundamentalism Project: An Analytcal Perspectve 225

Chapter VII Theocalypsis and Theonemesis 283 Theocalypsis 283

Theonemesis: The Consequence of possession by the Self 328

Chapter VIII The Process of Change 359

Epilogue: Psychological parallels of Odysseus’ Mythical Journey 382

A Postscript: Personal Journey and Experience Of the New (Psychological) Dispensaton 385

The Conclusion and Summary 397

Bibliography 407

Index 423

About the Authors 439

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