‘Man Cannot Stand A Meaningless Life’

Carl Jung was a fascinating, engaging and pioneering Psychiatrist who had an in-depth knowledge of theology, anthropology, philosophy, archaeology and mythology; he was a unique polymath and very much ahead of his time. Jung’s ‘Analytical Psychology’ has had, and continues to have, an enormous impact in various fields of human endeavour. Jung was interviewed in … More ‘Man Cannot Stand A Meaningless Life’

Looking Beyond Flaws, Failings & Brokenness: The Beauty of the Christian Message

This is the text of a short reflection I delivered today at Cliftonville Moravian Church in North Belfast: As we grow in years and experience of life it becomes evident, rather quickly, that life is complex; people are complex.  Often what we see on the surface belies a much deeper level of complexity – very … More Looking Beyond Flaws, Failings & Brokenness: The Beauty of the Christian Message

Carl Jung: The Unconscious & The Function of Religion

Sea of Faith was a six-part documentary television series, produced by the BBC and first screened in 1984.  Presented by English philosopher and theologian Don Cupitt, the series explored the interface between the history of Christianity and critical thought through the lens of scientific advances, political atheism and societal secularisation. Of all the Sea of Faith productions, Cupitt’s short … More Carl Jung: The Unconscious & The Function of Religion

Visionary Experience or Psychosis?

The late Jungian Psychotherapist John Weir Perry posited that the psychiatric community often errs in treating visionary experiences as a form of mental illness. Perry was the author of many influential books including ‘The Heart of History‘ and ‘The Far Side of Madness‘. He contends that that psychiatric labelling and the use of anti-psychotic drugs … More Visionary Experience or Psychosis?