God is a Trauma: Vicarious Religion and Soul-making

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Spring Publications, 1989 - Religion - 167 pages
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"It will not be easy at first to sense that God is a trauma, that 'the jungle fire-fight, the early morning rape, the speeding automobile of the drunk driver...may be God images if, like God, they create us in their image, after their likeness.' But little by little, this 'gnostic analysis' gets under the skin, & one begins to see, indeed, that 'whatever traumatises us becomes our parent' & our God, & that our religion has traumatised us by being 'religious kitsch,' covering our hurts. Greg Mogenson makes the point sensitively, therapeutically, & compellingly that 'the notion of salvation is eternally corruptible,' & that 'we need salvation from the very notion of salvation itself.' It may be as important for souls today to wrestle God as a Trauma as it was for Jacob to wrestle God's angel traumatically...& for the same reason!"--David L. Miller.

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The GodTrauma
Healing through Heresy
Repeating Imagining and Making a Crust

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About the author (1989)

GREG MOGENSON a long-time contributor to archetypal psychology, is a Jungian analyst practicing in London, Ontario, Canada. His books include Dialectics & Analytical Psychology: The El Capitan Canyon Seminar (co-authored with Wolfgang Giegerich and David L. Miller), The Dove in the Consulting Room: Hysteria and the Anima in Bollas and Jung, Greeting the Angels: An Imaginal View of the Mourning Process, and A Most Accursed Religion: When A Trauma becomes God, as well as numerous articles in the field of analytical psychology.

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