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The God Complex
January 13, 2012 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PST
Notions of divinity are psychoactive. Whether one is a believer, an atheist, an agnostic, a spiritual seeker or a student of religion, it is difficult to contemplate questions of God without significant investment in the answers. This lecture will discuss the “complex” psychology of our response to the God topic. It will show how a Jungian approach can provide a way to negotiate the associated conundrums and controversies. From contemplating the death of God to the psychodynamics of fundamentalism and the search for meaning in between, our goal will be a deeper appreciation of the psychological stakes involved.
Related Workshop: God: Finding a Perspective for Our Time
GLEN SLATER, PH.D., was born and raised in Australia. He moved to the United States in 1992 to study Jungian psychology. He has degrees in Religious Studies and Clinical Psychology and has taught for over 25 years at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California where he is Co-Chair of the Jungian and Archetypal Studies Program. He has written extensively for Jungian publications and edited the third volume of James Hillman’s Uniform Edition, Senex and Puer, as well as the essay collection, Varieties of Mythic Experience. He writes on Jung and film, the psychology of religion, and depth psychology and technology. His long-awaited book, Jung vs. Borg: Finding the Deeply Human in a Posthuman Age, will be published in January, 2024.