- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (5 Sept. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415289971
- ISBN-13: 978-0415289979
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Answer to Job (Routledge Classics) Paperback – 5 Sep 2002
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"This book breathes a passionate wish for the regeneration of mankind, integrating the destructive impulse rather than repressing it."--Times Literary Supplement
"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
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"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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However, in keeping with the culinary theme, this book sees Jung acting as slippery as a saucepan of eels. The Book of Job is, by turns, an actual event, a myth, a literary work that serves as a metaphor for a change in human consciousness that took place in antiquity or possibly all three. God is an external force that acts upon us, an omnipresent force that acts through us, or simply an archaic term used to describe functions of the Self. Or possibly all of these ... or none of them. His reasoning is all over the place. He's obviously steamed up about the text and its implications but if it's just a story what is there to get so het up about?
It's entertaining enough but I felt that his exploration into the nature of the Divine could've been better served if it hadn't been based on such a narrow basis as a single Biblical story. This, though, would miss the point for ultimately it seems that Jung, who was the son of a pastor, is arguing with himself about his own beliefs. His righteous indignation about the vindictive God depicted in the Book of Job is presumably a ploy designed to purge himself of the religious and cultural baggage he carried.
His book raises some important points but be warned that it will test your patience if you have a low tolerance to doctrine and theological debates or indeed, if you believe the Bible to be revealed Truth.
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