The Wilderness of Dreams: Exploring the Religious Meanings of Dreams in Modern Western Culture

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SUNY Press, Feb 8, 1994 - Psychology - 309 pages
This interdisciplinary study of the religious dimensions of dreams shows how modern dream research supports and enriches our understanding of religiously meaningful dreams.

The Wilderness of Dreams does four things that no other work on dreams has done. First, it surveys the whole range of modern dream research not just the work of depth psychologists and neuroscientists, but also the findings of anthropologists, content analysts, cognitive psychologists, creative artists, and lucid dreaming researchers. Second, it draws upon new advances in hermeneutic philosophy in order to clarify basic questions about how to interpret dreams. Third, it develops a careful, well-grounded notion of religious meaning the root metaphor concept to show that seeking religious meanings in dreams is not mere superstition. And fourth, the book reflects on the question of why modern Westerners are so interested in affirming, or debunking, the idea that dreams have religious meanings.
 

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Kelly Bulkeley is Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Theological Union at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the Board of Directors, and Chair of the Education Committee, of the Association for the Study of Dreams.

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