Carl Jung and Maximus the Confessor on Psychic Development: The dynamics between the ‘psychological’ and the ‘spiritual’

1st Edition

G. C. Tympas

Routledge
Published March 17, 2014
Reference - 204 Pages - 5 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415625173 - CAT# Y138526

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Summary

In what ways does psychological development differ from spiritual development and psychological experience from spiritual experience?

Bringing together two disparate theories under a trans-disciplinary framework, G. C. Tympas presents a comparison of Carl Jung’s theory of psychic development and Maximus the Confessor’s model of spiritual progress. An ‘evolutional’ relationship between the ‘psychological’ and the ‘spiritual’ is proposed for a dynamic interpretation of spiritual experience.

Carl Jung and Maximus the Confessor on Psychic Development offers a creative synthesis of elements and directions from both theories and further explores:

-          Jung’s views on religion in a dialogue with Maximus’ concepts

-          The different directions and goals of Jung’s and Maximus’ models

-          Jung’s ‘Answer to Job’ in relation to Maximus’ theory of ‘final restoration’.

Tympas argues that a synthesis of Jung’s and Maximus’ models comprises a broader trans-disciplinary paradigm of development, which can serve as a pluralistic framework for considering the composite psycho-spiritual development.

Constructively combining strands of differing disciplines, this book will appeal to those looking to explore the dialogue between analytical psychology, early Christian theology and Greek philosophy.

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