Reimagining God and Religion: Essays for the Psychologically Minded

Jerry R Wright (Author)
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With the necessary demise and death of antique cosmologies and traditional religious paradigms dependent on external deities and devils, the modern religious challenge involves two simultaneous sacred endeavors: to eulogize, bury, and grieve the theistic and monotheistic god-images and the religions dependent on them; and, secondly, to bring fresh imagination to the meanings of god and religion, which will satisfy both the modern mind and ancient soul.

Drawing on the insights of Jungian or analytical psychology, Dr. Wright offers depth psychological analysis of our contemporary religious and political dilemmas, as well as invites readers to be midwives for the emerging religious myth that many believe to be on our collective horizon -- a myth that will be more inclusive, intellectually and scientifically honest, and soul satisfying.

The invitation is made urgent by his psychological conclusion: As long as our deities and devils are perceived to be beyond the physical domain and outside the human psyche, our species will continue to do great harm to each other and to our global nest.

Combining personal testament and psychological commentary, the author explores heretofore taboo topics and reframes many traditional theological and Christological dogmas, making them more relevant to religious and non-religious alike.

Jerry R. Wright, D.Min is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Flat Rock, North Carolina, and a training analyst with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. An experienced conference and retreat leader, he has led pilgrimages to sacred sites in Iona, Scotland, Ireland, Peru, and India. Reimagining God and Religion continues his primary interest in bringing the insights of Jungian or analytical psychology to experiences deemed religious or spiritual. This interest inspired Dr. Wright's doctoral dissertation, Symbols for the Christ in the Gospel of John and the Archetypal Self in the Psychology of C.G. Jung, and his Jungian thesis, Archetypal Thin Places: Experiencing The Numinosum.

Contents

Chapter 1: FROM THE BACK PORCH OF THE CHURCH

Chapter 2: BEYOND THE BACK PORCH OF THE CHURCH

Chapter 3: MONOTHEISTIC MADNESS

Chapter 4: REIMAGINING GOD AND RELIGION

Chapter 5: PROJECTION AND REVELATION

Chapter 6: REIMAGINING JESUS AND CHRIST (1)

Chapter 7: REIMAGINING JESUS AND CHRIST (2)

Chapter 8: THIN PLACES AND THIN TIMES

Chapter 9: DREAMS: STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT

Chapter 10: THE UNIVERSE AS MIRROR AND ICON

Jerry Wright's Reimagining God and Religion is a personally honest, courageous, and insightful re-examination of our contemporary religious dilemma. He steps outside the fundamentalist's need for security and employs the insights of depth psychology to reappropriate received wisdom in forms which respect the intellectual integrity of the modern, thus rescuing the timeless insights of the tradition, thus making them available anew. One cannot read this book without learning something important, without being confronted in one's fixed positions. This book is a gift for those who care about the life of the spirit, whatever their traditions, or lack thereof, may be.

-James Hollis, Ph. D., Jungian Analyst and author of fifteen books, most recently Living an Examined Life: Wisdom for the Second Half of the Journey.

Product Details

Price: $20.34
Publisher: Chiron Publications
Published Date: February 01, 2018
Pages: 204
Dimensions: 6.0 X 0.43 X 9.0 inches | 0.62 pounds
Language: English
Type: Paperback
ISBN: 9781630514952
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About the Author

Jerry R. Wright, D.Min is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Flat Rock, North Carolina, and a training analyst with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. An experienced conference and retreat leader, he has led pilgrimages to sacred sites in Iona, Scotland, Ireland, Peru, and India. Reimagining God and Religion continues his primary interest in bringing the insights of Jungian or analytical psychology to experiences deemed religious or spiritual. This interest inspired Dr. Wright's doctoral dissertation, Symbols for the Christ in the Gospel of John and the Archetypal Self in the Psychology of C.G. Jung, and his Jungian thesis, Archetypal Thin Places: Experiencing The Numinosum.

Reviews

Jerry Wright's Reimagining God and Religion is a personally honest, courageous, and insightful re-examination of our contemporary religious dilemma. He steps outside the fundamentalist's need for security and employs the insights of depth psychology to reappropriate received wisdom in forms which respect the intellectual integrity of the modern, thus rescuing the timeless insights of the tradition, thus making them available anew. One cannot read this book without learning something important, without being confronted in one's fixed positions. This book is a gift for those who care about the life of the spirit, whatever their traditions, or lack thereof, may be. -James Hollis, Ph. D., Jungian Analyst and author of fifteen books, most recently Living an Examined Life: Wisdom for the Second Half of the Journey.

Jerry Wright invites the reader to value passion for life and compassion for all more than the literalism and fundamentalism of religious traditions. He masterfully utilizes Jungian psychology to expose the shadow side of religions that claim superiority and exclusivity bestowed by their view of God. His candid picture of the destructive energies that grow out of such attitudes is a clarion call for all to grow up spiritually! -Kathleen Wiley, MHDL, Jungian Analyst, author of New Life: Symbolic Meditations on the Promise of Easter and Spring.

A bold invitation to faithfully imagine the Sacred at the heart of you and everything. In other words, the kingdom of god is within you. -John Philip Newell, author of The Rebirthing of God.

By weaving together his deep grasp of psychology, theology, science, and poetry, Dr. Wright sets out to reimagine the mysteries around us, within us, and just beyond our grasp. With his open-minded voice of conviction, he challenges traditional religious dogma and certitude, concluding, "if religions are dropped down fully formed from some remote domain and deity, written in stone, unchangeable, and gifted to a very few, our future as a species will be very bleak." Plunge into this thought provoking book and devour the power and hope that Jerry Wright has reimagined. -Alice Smith, poet, author of several poetry volumes, including The Rhythm of Stillness.

This book is a real treasure for the spiritual or psychological pilgrim searching for tools in the quest for consciousness. It is well thought out and researched both theologically and psychologically using the tools of analytical psychology. This book can be a real asset to individuation or spiritual growth. An added bonus is the writer's courage in interweaving his personal journey into the fiber of the material. -Ben F. Toole, Jungian Analyst, Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, Memphis- Atlanta Jung Seminar