What does it mean for Jung to be a Christian? Those symbols of the Christian church continued to matter for him deeply. The crucifixion remained a central image for his thinking and the idea of resurrection, well he reframed it in terms of winning through to a resurrected body when one is still alive. But that is the kind of language he would not have used if he had abandoned the Christian mythology, the Christian story.
Ann Conrad Lammers is a Jungian scholar who has worked and written at the crossroads of theology and psychology for the last forty years. Her doctoral work at Yale University led to the book In God’s Shadow: The Collaboration of Victor White and C.G. Jung, and she is the editor of their correspondence.
In this episode, Ann guides us through the creative and complex relationship between C.G. Jung and Dominican priest Victor White: a foundational relationship for Jung, and crucial to a deeper understanding of how Jungian psychology relates to Christianity.
With read excerpts of the Jung–White correspondence as a backdrop, Ann shares her view on Jung as a Christian, the proposed idea of Jung as a therapist of an ailing Christian tradition, Jung’s relativized Christ, and the potential dangers of an Imitatio Jung.
A special thank you to Jungian analyst Paul Brutsche for his beautiful Basel accent in recording the voiceover of C.G. Jung.
Ann Conrad Lammers is a co-editor of the ‘Jung – White Letters’, ‘The Jung-Kirsch Letters’ as well as an editor and co-translator of Erich Neumann’s two-volume work, ‘The Roots of Jewish Consciousness’. She is currently the English-language editor and assistant translator for a selection of Emma Jung’s previously unpublished writings and artworks.
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