Dynamis of Healing: Patristic Theology and the Psyche

Dynamis of Healing: Patristic Theology and the Psyche


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This book explores how traces of the energies and dynamics of Orthodox Christian theology and anthropology may be observed in the clinical work of depth psychology. Looking to theology to express its own religious truths and to psychology to see whether these truth claims show up in healing modalities, the author creatively engages both disciplines in order to highlight the possibilities for healing contained therein. Dynamis of Healing elucidates how theology and psychology are by no means fundamentally at odds with each other but rather can work together in a beautiful and powerful synergia to address both the deepest needs and deepest desires of the human person for healing and flourishing.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823284641
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Series: Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,108,732
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Pia Sophia Chaudhari holds a doctorate in theology from the department of Psychiatry & Religion at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Her research interests include theological anthropology, depth psychology, processes of healing, and the engagement with aesthetics and beauty. She is a founding co-chair of the Analytical Psychology and Orthodox Christianity Consultation (APOCC).

Table of Contents

Introduction | 1

1 Psyche and Creation: Initial Reflections on Orthodox Theology and Depth Psychology | 19

2 “That Which Is Not Assumed Is Not Healed” | 40

3 An Ontology of Healing? | 78

4 Eros: Healing Fire | 105

Conclusion | 149

Acknowledgments | 155

Notes | 157

Bibliography | 201

Index | 211

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