Incarnation and Theophany

NOA Community Centre (Ferry Centre)
Summertown, Oxford

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In this talk exploring Jung's Christology and that of Henry Corbin, Andrew Burniston will uncover some tensions between the incarnational and the theophanic understanding of Christ. Jung drew a distinction between the crucifixion as a historical fact and as "a symbol that expresses a parallel event in the beholder". Similarly Henry Corbin spoke of two aspects of Christ: as a historical person and as an imaginal figure. For Jung, Christ is a symbol of the transpersonal Self, while for Corbin he is an angel - Christos Angelos. Andrew Burniston will compare these views of Christ and suggest a further parallel between Jung's vision of "the Christification of the many" and Corbin's idea of the "unique and necessary mediation of the Angel".

Andrew Burniston is a phenomenologist of religion with interests ranging from Nietzsche and Jung to the I Ching tradition. At his last Jupiter Trust talk he looked at Jung's psychology in the light of the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi. This time he will turn to the Christian tradition and Jung's dialogue with the great scholar of Iranian Islam, Henry Corbin. Andrew has published in journals such as Spring, Harvest, Temenos and Alexandria. He is currently running a course on "Jung as Psychologist and Myth-Maker" for Oxford University Department of Continuing Education.

6.00 (Friends 3.00)