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.
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
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.
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.
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