Exploring the Jungian-Christian Dialogue
An Orientation to This Section

This section has four goals:
  1. To clarify the foundations of a Jungian-Christian dialogue.
  2. To look at this dialogue in terms of Christian mysticism and Jungian psychology.
  3. To do the same thing in regard to Christian theology and Jungian psychology.
  4. To see what the philosophy of nature of Thomas Aquinas and Jungian psychology could have to say to each other.

Our approach:

  1. We look at the epistemological type of Jungian psychology, that is, its nature as an empirical psychology. Christianity has a tremendous need of such a psychology, but Jung’s psychology is wrapped up in philosophical presuppositions that hinder its use within Christianity.
  2. We address the following questions in concrete detail: What would the mysticism of John of the Cross and the psychology of C.G. Jung have to say to each other? What light can Jungian psychology shed on the Christian mystical journey?
  3. In what way can theology use Jung’s psychology as an instrument with which to explore the Christian mysteries?
  4. What are the philosophical foundations underlying Jung’s ideas like archetypes, the collective unconscious, and synchronicity?