by David L. Miller
In this volume we will see that behind the doctrine of Christ, who is thought of in the image of the Good Shepherd, there is not only Pan, the god of 'pastoral' care, but also Polyphemos, the one-eyed monster. Behind Christ the Great Teacher there is not only Socrates, but also Silenos lying drunk in a deep cave of myth. The instances will multiply as the work goes on. As they do it will be seen that this is not only an archetypal theology, but, by virtue of its multiplicity, aldo polytheistic. ...
It will not be enough to see in ideas about Christ the gods of Greece-Silenos, Polyphemos, and all the rest. It is also crucial to see what these gods want with us today, what they are doing in our lives. So the images, the shades of the gods, will be explored in their contemporary imaginal versions. ... In this way we shall have sensed the likeness in everyday life of old theological idea.
-- from the "Introduction"
David L. Miller, Ph.D., is Watson-Ledden Professor of Religion Emeritus at Syracuse University and is a retired Core Faculty Member at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. He is an honorary member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and the International Association of Analytical Psychology. Since 1963, Dr. Miller has worked at the intersections of religions and mythologies, literatures and literary theory, and depth psychology. He is the author of Gods and Games: Toward a Theology of Play; The New Polytheism: Rebirth of the Gods and Goddesses; Three Faces of God: Traces of the Trinity in Literature and Life; and Hells and Holy Ghosts: A Theopoetics of Christian Belief.