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A Contemplative Approach To Understanding World Religions
C. G. Jung as Phenomenologist of the Soul

by Blake W. Burleson

ISBN: 978-1-935528-67-8
282 pp.

How does one understand a religion not one's own?

In our politically and culturally diverse and divisive times, where religious identities create tension and conflict internationally and in our own backyards, Blake Burleson addresses this most relevant of questions. Inspired by the psychology of C. G. Jung, Burleson pioneers a contemplative phenomenology which values both the particularity and universality of the world’s religions. In an age in which inter-religious dialogue is of greatest importance, this book will appeal to teachers, students, and seekers of religion alike.
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Praise for A Contemplative Approach To Understanding World Religions
"...important for everyone with a soul..."
Susan Rowland, Ph.D., Professor, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and author of C. G. Jung in the Humanities and Jung as a Writer
"...the true genius of the work lies in a new conception of what religion is in itself..."
John Dourley, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Carleton University, Roman Catholic Priest, and author of Paul Tillich, Carl Jung, and the Recovery of Religion
"...an amazing study... ...helps us grasp the richness and benefit of religious diversity rather than fear it..."
Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Ph.D., co-director of One River Wisdom School and author of Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent
"...deepens our interpretation of the great religions - but without attempting to turn religion into psychology..."
Roger Brooke, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Duquesne University and author of Jung and Phenomenology
"...innovative and potentially transformative for how we study and teach religion..."
Clinton Bennett, Ph.D., faculty member at State University of New York at New Paltz, editor of the Bloomsbury Studying World Religions series, ordained Baptist minister, and author of In Search of Muhammad and In Search of Jesus: Insider and Outsider Images
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER ONE: UNLOCKING THE DOOR OF UNDERSTANDING:
  Toward A Contemplative Phenomenology
CHAPTER TWO: "TO TWITCH THE VEIL":
  Reading Sacred Text
CHAPTER THREE: "TO PLOW A LONELY FURROW":
  Religious Belief As A Symbol
CHAPTER FOUR: PILGRIMAGE TO SACRED PLACES
CHAPTER FIVE: THE SECRET OF ART
CHAPTER SIX: CONCLUSION: THE ONE AND THE MANY
About the Author:
Blake W. Burleson, Ph.D., is associate dean for undergraduate studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and a senior lecturer in world religions at Baylor University, Waco, Texas. He is the author of Jung in Africa (2005) and Pathways to Integrity: Ethics and Psychological Type (2000). Burleson has research interests in Jungian studies, African religions, the wisdom traditions, and contemplative pedagogy. He is an ordained minister and co-editor of Entempling: Baptist Wisdom for Contemplative Prayer (2012).