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St. John of the Cross and Dr. C.G. Jung : Christian mysticism in the light of Jungian psychology
Arraj, Jim.
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Publication Information:
Chiloquin, OR : Tools for Inner Growth, [1986]

Physical Description:
199 pages ; 23 cm
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Includes index.
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BX4700.J7 A8 1986 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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John of the Cross and Jung were both concerned with the cure of souls; both lived through profound, painful experiences that qualify them to engage in that enterprise. Summarizing Jung's life and thought, Arraj shows he was genuinely concerned with spiritual renewal; but despite disclaimers, Jung ventured into epistemology and left an impression that no valid knowledge can come through metaphysics or theology. Jung's insights are useful without acceding to his strictures on Christianity, chiefly by using his theory of psychological types to ``explore those traits which stand between universal characteristics common to all and those uniquely our own.'' The author takes us on ``a difficult journey through the thickets of epistemology and the history of spiritual life in the 17th century'' to prove that John of the Cross has been misinterpreted. This section could interest only specialists, although the book seems to be addressed to practitioners. The story of Jung's encounter with Fr. Victor White suggests the difficulties of a task which nevertheless must be carried out: the collaboration of psychology and theology. The style lacks clarity at times, and the errors in English are distracting: the book needs editing. An interesting companion volume to John Welch's Spiritual Pilgrims: Carl Jung and Teresa of Avila (1982), which deals more with images and symbols of individuation. Index and very complete bibliography. Levels: graduate and upper-division undergraduate.-W.C. Buchanan, Grand Valley State College