God on the Couch

Clodagh Weldon

in Teaching Jung

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199735426
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914524 | DOI:

Series: AAR Teaching Religious Studies Series

God on the Couch

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This chapter focuses on the pedagogical challenges raised when teaching Jung's controversial and often vexing Answer to Job in an Old Testament theology course on Prophets and Wisdom Literature. Offering a detailed exposition of Jung's most theologically daring text, the chapter examines the educational process of students’ learning Jung's theories as he confronts the dark side of the biblical God. The chapter argues that Answer to Job provides a useful means of encouraging students to consider multiple perspectives and methodological approaches to scripture. Further, it discusses the necessity of a baptism by fire into analytical psychology and presents several suggestions for framing Jung's methodological approach to biblical texts. Finally, it offers a number of pedagogical strategies she has found to be very effective when teaching Jung.

Keywords: Old Testament; scripture; biblical texts; job; theology; God; God Image; faith; Victor White

Chapter.  7503 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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