The Soul's Symbolic Code:
Jung's non-literal approach to Scripture
Four special Thursday Evenings 7.30pm-9.00pm
Richmond Library Meeting Room
415 Church St RICHMOND 3121
September 3 - Week 1: The Ancestral Mind and the language of the Soul
September 10 - Week 2: Miracles and Wonders as Psychic Images
September 17 - Week 3: Apocalypse, Individuation and Revelation
September 24 - Week 4: Jung's Contribution to a Global Spirituality
(Note, the titles of the lectures above were modified on 21 August)
This short course follows-on from Professor Tacey's lecture to the Jung Society on Friday, 21st August 2015. It is a 4-week encapsulation of his new book: "Beyond Literal Belief: Religion as Metaphor" (Melbourne: Garratt Publishing, 2015). For more information, or to order the book, click here
Biblical stories were metaphors appropriate for their time. The virgin birth, physical resurrection, heaven, son of God and the Apocalypse – all this meant something once and made sense. But they no longer make sense. Even students in religious schools recoil from the ‘fairytales’ of religion. They seem unbelievable and make a mockery of their intelligence.
But we ought not ‘believe’ religious language. To do so is to miss its spiritual meaning. To ‘believe’ it suggests that we take it literally, at face value. Such language was not designed as historical reporting, as eye-witness accounts of events. Biblical language is florid, metaphorical. It should not be read as history and was never intended as literal description. Jung argued this decades ago, and in recent times, interpreters of scripture have moved along Jungian lines in their appreciation of symbolism and myth. It seems that religion has systematically misread its own stories. Miracles and wonders that fundamentalism reads as facts can be re-read as metaphors of the interior life.
David Tacey, Emeritus Professor, La Trobe University, is an interdisciplinary scholar and public intellectual. He is the author of fourteen books, and his most recent is Beyond Literal Belief: Religion as Metaphor (Garratt Publishing, Melbourne and Transaction Publishers, New York, 2015). David is a specialist in Jungian psychology, and his books on Jung include: Gods and Diseases: Making Sense of our Physical and Mental Wellbeing; How to Read Jung; The Jung Reader; and The Darkening Spirit: Jung, Spirituality, Religion. His books have been published internationally and How to Read Jung has been translated into Mandarin, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese and French.
Participants will be encourage to join in discussion of the topics.
For this reason this course will be strictly limited to 20 participants on a first-come basis. A waiting list will be kept.
Members - $140 / Non-members - $180 / Concession - $160
Registration requires a non-refundable 50% deposit.
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