Psychoanalysis and Religion : The Paradoxical God-a Response tc Jung's Answer to Job

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Title
Psychoanalysis and Religion : The Paradoxical God-a Response tc Jung's Answer to Job
Title Alternative
精神分析と宗教 : 逆説的な神-ユング著「ジョブへの回答」に対する私見
Author
氏名 Lucas Martin
ヨミ
別名
Subject
Jung (ユング)
Psychoanalysis (精神分析)
Religion (宗教)
God (神)
Shadow (影).
Abstract

This paper presents an account of the portra al of God in the Old Testament book of Job,together with a summary of Jung's application of his psychoanalytic theories to this text contained in his Answer to Job. I give my own tentative evaluation of Jung's efforts to resolve the paradox of the problem of evil. Part One I outline the dramatic roles of God and Satan in the bool of Job,and show that God is regarded as the author of evil as well as good throughout the Old Testament. I emphasize the importance of understanding Job as a literary text,particularly,appreciating its satirical and ironic elements. Both Jung and Job challenge conventional images of God,whereas Jung's critics and Job's comforters play the role of apologist. I end the section with a brief formulation of the paradoxical nature of the problem of evil. Part Two I present Jung's arguments in Answer to Job,in which he contrasts the ambivalent and paradoxical God of the Old Testament with the wholly good God of the New Testament. I examine Jung's suggestion that recognition of the shadow side of God is necessary if the symbol is to reflect psychological balance. I compare Jung's approach to this question with that of his disciple von Franz in her study of moral structures in fairytales. Both Jung and von Franz recognise the complex and paradoxical features of both good and evil. I end by identifying an inconsistency in Jung's claim that the co-existence of love and fear is a further dimension of this paradox,by showing how New Testament passages offer a resolution.

Journal Title
社会情報学研究
Volume
3
Spage
159
Epage
173
Published Date
1997-11
Publisher
呉大学社会情報学部
ISSN
1341-8459
NCID
AN10586239
Language
eng
NIIType
Departmental Bulletin Paper
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出版社版
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