Biblical Myth and Inner Experience:
Why Theology Needs Depth Psychology

Lectures by Dr. Eugen Drewermann
Hosted by The Caspersen School of Graduate Studies
and Union Theological Seminary
November 16-17, 1999
Preparatory Colloquium: October 2, 1999

 

 

 


The Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at Drew University and Union Theological Seminary are pleased to host two lectures by Eugen Drewermann on November 16 & 17, 1999.
Eugen Drewermann is one of Europe's foremost contemporary religious writers. Trained both as a Roman-Catholic priest and psychotherapist, Drewermann has developed a way of reading Biblical stories that discerns the profound emotional and spiritual human experience reflected in the texts. Employing depth psychology, evolutionary research, comparative religion, and existential philosophy, Drewermann forges an anthropological hermeneutics that uncovers the healing dimension of Biblical texts. He approaches Biblical myths, parables, and healing stories as symbolic texts to be read much like poetry and interpreted like dreams. The current lectures mark Drewermann's first appearance in the United States.
While Dr. Drewermann's interpretations have received enthusiastic responses from a diverse readership throughout Europe, his anthropological emphasis led to a public controversy with the Roman-Catholic Church, culminating in his silencing as a theologian in 1991 and his suspension from priesthood in 1992. Drewermann currently works as a psychotherapist, author and lecturer. He lives in Paderborn, Germany.
Dr. Drewermann is the author of more than 60 books, ranging from a reinterpretation of the Biblical story of the Fall to treatises on global conflicts and the ecological crisis. He has written more than a dozen highly acclaimed depth psychological interpretations of fairy tales.
Among his best selling titles are commentaries on the Gospels of Mark and Matthew and a controversial analysis of clergy mentality. Titles translated into English include Open Heavens (Orbis, 1991), Dying We Live (Orbis, 1994), Discovering the Royal Child Within: A Spiritual Psychology of 'The Little Prince' (Crossroad, 1993), and Discovering the God Child Within: A Spiritual Psychology of the Infancy of Jesus (Crossroad, 1994).
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