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Jungian Gnosticism

The following article and tape, as well as excerpts from Leanne Payne's books, critique the phenomena of gnosticism, and its 20th and 21st century entrance into Christian thought. This has come about primarily through a deadly synthesis of Jungianism (the psychology inspired by C.G. Jung) with Christianity, and has been steadily moving forward, beginning with its entrance into Roman Catholic and Episcopal renewal in the mid 20th century and onward from there into the heart of Evangelicalism. The dangerous repercussions of this cannot be overstated. We are pleased to offer the following resources on this important and on-going controversy:

  The Unconscious Confusion of Christian Jungianism Download article [168 KB]
    by Leanne Payne and Kevin Perrotta
  Renouncing False Gods and Appropriating the Holy Download article [248 KB]
    Chapter 14 from The Healing Presence, by Leanne Payne

Sections include: Renouncing Baal, the God of Sexual Orgy • Renouncing the Idol-god of One's Father • Jung and the Service of Baal • Gnosticism: Its Syncretism, Dualism, and Capacity for False Revelation • Jung and the Attempt to Reconcile Good and Evil • The Insinuation of the Obscene into the Holy • Christians Contaminated by Jungianism • What is Right about Jung and Freud.

  The Great Divorce  Download article [148 KB]
    Appendix to Real Presence, by Leanne Payne
    Examines the modern determination to reconcile good and evil, especially as it is evident in the work of C.J. Jung and Charles Williams, and as it clashes with the historic Christian view of the "unbridgeable gap" between the two.

  The True Masculine and the True Feminine. Are these the same as Jung's Anima and Animus?  Download article [148 KB]
    Appendix to Crisis in Masculinity, by Jeffrey Satinover, MD

Examines the short-comings of Jung's views of anima and animus. Dr. Satinover is a scholar, psychiatrist and past President of the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York. He is author of the Hamewith Books title, Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth.

  The Empty Self: Gnostic Foundations of Modern Identity
    This historic address was given at a P.C.M. School in Montreal, Quebec 1994 by Dr. Jeffrey Satinover.

Traces the history of gnosticism from the ancient times to present, with emphasis on C.G. Jung including his fascination with the occult and the reawakening of paganism, especially as it appeared in the emerging Nazi movement. Order audio tape.

  Jungians and Gnostics        Link to article on First
    This article was published in the October 1994 issue of First Things, Vol 46, pp. 41-48.

In this article, psychiatrist Jeffrey Satinover, shows how Carl Jung's theory of archetypes has become an example of modern paganism. He analyses Jung’s Gnostic beliefs and shows how these beliefs influenced that theory. He describes how the theory confuses and blinds people regarding the true nature of evil allowing them to conclude that good and evil are equal and opposite forces.

In addition, Satinover writes that Jung's theory of archetypes, when limited to the domain of psychology, is useful to understanding the soul. But notes that it is all too easily spiritualized, encouraging worship of the soul, becoming in its own right truly a modern Gnosticism.

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