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.
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.