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The postsecular sacred : Jung, soul, and meaning in an age of change

Author: David J Tacey
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1 [edition]View all editions and formats
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In The Postsecular Sacred: Jung, Soul and Meaning in an Age of Change, David Tacey presents a unique psychological study of the postsecular, adding a Jungian perspective to a debate shaped by sociology, philosophy and religious studies. In this interdisciplinary exploration, Tacey looks at the unexpected return of the sacred in Western societies, and how the sacred is changing our understanding of humanity and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Tacey, David J. (David John), 1953- author.
Postsecular sacred
New York : Routledge, 2019
(DLC) 2019008201
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David J Tacey
ISBN: 0429260873 9780429522994 0429522991 9780429551161 0429551169 9780429536465 0429536461 9780429260872
OCLC Number: 1099546866
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Postsecular condition --
The postsecular landscape --
The mystical turn --
Secularism under pressure --
A secular country --
The aboriginal gift we will not accept --
Reanimation of the world --
Ecopsychology and indigenous cosmology --
Physics and reanimation --
Postsecular religion and atheism --
God after god --
Derrida: emissary of the postsecular --
Violence and the sacred --
Return of the sacred in an age of terror --
Sacrifice and the future.
Responsibility: David Tacey.

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In The Postsecular Sacred: Jung, Soul and Meaning in an Age of Change, David Tacey presents a unique psychological study of the postsecular, adding a Jungian perspective to a debate shaped by sociology, philosophy and religious studies. In this interdisciplinary exploration, Tacey looks at the unexpected return of the sacred in Western societies, and how the sacred is changing our understanding of humanity and culture. Beginning with Jung's belief that the psyche has never been secular, Tacey examines the new desire for spiritual experience and presents a logic of the unconscious to explain it. Tacey argues that what has fuelled the postsecular momentum is the awareness that something is missing, and the idea that this could be buried in the unconscious is dawning on sociologists and philosophers. While the instinct to connect to something greater is returning, Tacey shows that this need not imply that we are regressing to superstitions that science has rejected. The book explores indigenous spirituality in the context of the need to reanimate the world, not by going back to the past but by being inspired by it. There are chapters on ecopsychology and quantum physics, and, using Australia as a case study, the book also examines the resistance of secular societies to becoming postsecular. Approaching postsecularism through a Jungian perspective, Tacey argues that we should understand God in a manner that accords with the time, not go back to archaic, rejected images of divinity. The sacred is returning in an age of terrorism, and this is not without significance in terms of the explosive' impact of spirituality in our time. Innovative and relevant to the world we live in, this will be of great interest to academics and scholars of Jungian studies, anthropology, indigenous studies, philosophy, religious studies and sociology due to its transdisciplinary scope. It would also be a useful resource for analytical psychologists, Jungian analysts and psychotherapists.

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