Looking Forward: Future Directions for the Encounter of Relational Psychoanalysis and Religion

Volume
Volume 25
Issue
Spring 1997
Title
Looking Forward: Future Directions for the Encounter of Relational Psychoanalysis and Religion
Abstract

Contemporary relational psychoanalytic theory provides new opportunities in the dialogue between psychology and religion. This article suggests three examples. First, by seeing the self as inherently interrelated and by underscoring the importance of experience, relational psychoanalysis creates the possibility of a more open attitude toward religious experience. Second, a relational understanding of human nature potentially contains new resources for theological reflection. Third, this shift leads psychoanalysis to focus on how religious forms embody various relational themes. The article concludes by presenting a case which illustrates a contemporary relational approach to religious material.

Author
Dr. J.W. Jones
Pages
136 - 142
Price
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