Carl Jung and Maximus the Confessor on Psychic Development: The dynamics between the 'psychological'
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.