Theological reflections on a natural process of transformation.
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Jung believed that regaining one’s religious attitude was an important part of the task of individuation. In this talk, I offer some theological reflections on this process. First, I provide a sketch of Jung’s understanding of the religious attitude and function and a brief overview of key features of Christian theologies of participation in the divine (also known as deification). In main part of the talk, I bring these theological themes into conversation with Jung’s account of his own experience in the first section of the Red Book. I conclude with some further thoughts for ongoing dialogue between Jungian psychology and Christian theology.
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Speaker: Les Oglesby
Les Oglesby read Psychology and Philosophy at Oxford and Theology at Cambridge and worked as an Anglican priest since the late 1970s. He retired as Director of Ministry in the diocese of Ely in 2012 and is an honorary Canon emeritus of Ely Cathedral. He was awarded a Lambeth PhD in 2012, and is a past Chair and member, Cambridge Jungian Circle. As an independent scholar, Les undertakes research into the relations between Jungian psychology and Christian theology. He is a member and past chairman of the Cambridge Jungian Circle, a member and trustee of the Guild of Pastoral Psychology, and a member for the Society for the Study of Theology. [Last updated December 2020]