An eight week college level course!
Includes one free class plus eight full modules with resources and further learning opportunities available through our online learning platform. Successfully complete all of the assignments in the online learning platform and earn a certificate of completion!
Attendees may also simply audit the course, without needing to complete assignments for credit.
C. G. Jung ushered in a revolutionary understanding of the mind and culture with his innovative approach to psychology. The question arises, then, “Why did this innovative thinker spend the last twenty years of his intellectual life studying and writing about Christianity?" According to C. G. Jung, symbols emerging from the dreams and fantasies of his patients indicated that the Western God-image – the imago dei – was evolving in a way that contemporary Christian institutions could no longer contain and mediate. Jung felt that, if Western culture is to survive, we must engage these emerging symbols so that they may once again help us to mediate the dynamic, instinctual energies of the psyche in life-affirming ways. If we fail to do this, we run the risk of becoming possessed and driven by these unconscious instincts in chaotic and destructive ways.
Join us for this eight week college level course and learn how Jung understood the mythological dimensions of Christian religious tradition and how he understood the mythological symbolism of alchemy, astrology, Gnosticism, and other Western practices as compensations for the conscious cultural attitudes of our times.
Christians, non-Christians, and anyone interested in the symbolic language of the unconscious will benefit from this comprehensive introduction to C. G. Jung’s writings on Christianity and the evolving Western God image.
This nine week course begins with one free introductory class, followed by eight modules that introduce you to how Jung understood the Christian tradition, and why he felt the tradition had lost much of the power over believers that it once held. Each weekly meeting will include a presentation and explanation of Jung’s understanding and interpretation of the Christian tradition, it's role in the developing Western God-image, and how, as a psychotherapist, he attempted to prescribe ways to heal what he saw as an ailing religion and cultural worldview. A discussion and question/answer session will follow. Additionally, a wealth of resources for further study will be available to participants through our online learning platform. Those participants who successfully complete the assignments in the online learning platform will receive a certificate of completion. Don’t miss this opportunity to understand Jung’s method of psychotherapy and how he applied that method to what he understood to be an ailing Christian tradition. Christians and non-Christians alike will benefit from this comprehensive introduction to C. G. Jung’s writings on Christianity and the Christian tradition.
Participants will take part in eight weekly classes, plus one free introductory class
Start time for each event is 1pm PST (4pm EST) 90 min
Free! – Jung and Christianity: An Introduction – Free! – Saturday, Oct 10
Module 1: Controversies Around Jung’s Understanding of Christianity – Saturday, Oct 17
Module 2: Jung’s Method of Psychotherapy – Saturday, Oct 24
Module 3: Jung’s Method of Understanding Christianity – Saturday, Oct 31
Module 4: Jung’s Personal Relationship to Christianity – Saturday, Nov 7
Module 5: Jung’s Prescription for an Ailing Christianity, part I – Saturday, Nov 14
Module 6: Jung’s Prescription for an Ailing Christianity, part II – Saturday, Nov 21
**No class on November 28th – Happy Thanksgiving!**
Module 7: Prognosis for an Ailing Christianity – Saturday, Dec 5
Module 8: Jung’s Prescription and the World’s Other Religions – Saturday, Dec 12
Can't attend live? Each class will be recorded and made available for all registrants.
About Your Instructor
James R. Newell, PhD
James Newell is an educator, counselor, personal coach, professional musician, and the director of the Depth Psychology Alliance. James earned his master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling and Theology from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, with a focus on Jungian psychology. He earned his doctorate in History of Religions from the Vanderbilt University Graduate School of Religion. James teaches online courses in world religions for Central Michigan University, Excelsior College, and other schools. For the past several years he has been developing a certification program in depth psychology offered through the Depth Psychology Alliance. We recently graduated our first cohort in the program.
Pricing (early sign-up is by October 15, 2020):
$219.00 early sign-up
$249.00 early sign-up