Answer to Job

Answer to Job : (From Vol. 11 of the Collected Works of C. G. Jung)

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Considered one of Jung's most controversial works, Answer to Job also stands as Jung's most extensive commentary on a biblical text. Here, he confronts the story of the man who challenged God, the man who experienced hell on earth and still did not reject his faith. Job's journey parallels Jung's own experience--as reported in The Red Book: Liber Novus--of descending into the depths of his own unconscious, confronting and reconciling the rejected aspects of his soul. This paperback edition of Jung's classic work includes a new foreword by Sonu Shamdasani, Philemon Professor of Jung History at University College London. Described by Shamdasani as "the theology behind The Red Book," Answer to Job examines the symbolic role that theological concepts play in an individual's psychic life.
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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 10.16mm | 113g
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised edition
  • 0691150478
  • 9780691150475
  • 30,235

Table of contents

*Frontmatter, pg. i*TABLE OF CONTENTS, pg. v*FOREWORD TO THE 2010 EDITION, pg. vii*PREFATORY NOTE, pg. xi*LECTORI BENEVOLO, pg. xiii*ANSWER TO JOB, pg. 1*BIBLIOGRAPHY, pg. 109*INDEX, pg. 111
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Praise from previous edition: "This book breathes a passionate wish for the regeneration of mankind, integrating the destructive impulse rather than repressing it."--Times Literary Supplement Praise from previous edition: "Dr. Jung speaks with the authority and conviction of his professional insight into the mind of an age whose great longing is for some new heavenly marriage that shall produce a new divine child to save us from impending apocalypse."--Kathleen Raine, Encounter Praise from previous edition: "Jung...points out that the psychology of religion has two aspects, the psychology of religious persons and the psychology of religious 'contents.' He has himself, in this book, made a rare and original contribution to the latter."--A.M. Silver, British Journal of Psychology
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About C. G. Jung

Sonu Shamdasani is editor of "The Red Book" and Philemon Professor of Jung History at University College London.
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This book is dynamite to the religious mind, and Jung makes a fundamental mistake in the very beginning of this book, He accuses the God of the Jews as being 'Amoral' for his treatment of Job, largely perhaps because is sympathetic to the Gnostic understanding of the 'Demiurge', but Yahweh is not a 'Demiurge' and Job would disagree with Jung. It comes across that the Jewish religion suffers from a God who does not use his 'Omniscience' regularly enough, and by the time of the New Testament Jung is more comfortable in his analysis of the Almighty, he is from his writings a Roman Catholic, who supports the Dogma of the Assumption, and keeps pressing forward his view of the Godhead not as a Trinity but of a Quaternity so he may be in sync with the last 5 Popes who see Mary as God, but to Jung he seems to be wanting to re-establish the Pistis Sophia or the Spirit of Wisdom represented in the Godhead. Very readable and original and a subject that has to be divested of Dogma and Doctrine in order to be discussed more
by James Kennedy
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