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A Reply to the New Vatican Document about "New Age" Spirituality

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In addition, the claim about his supposed divinity is a myth, not an historical fact. He was a holy man, but he was not God, he was not divine, but fully human. As a result, the claim about the supposed divine trinity is a myth.

However, certain positive psychological developments may appear as the result of believing the myth about the supposed Jesus Christ. When we believe this myth about the supposed Jesus Christ, we may use our imaginations very actively to suppose a suitable male figure that we can regard as Jesus.

When we use our imaginations in this way, we may learn how to draw on the energies of the archetypes of maturity at the archetypal level of our psyches. In a series of five books published in the 1990s, Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette detailed a complex account of the four masculine archetypes of maturity at the archetypal level of the male psyche. (There are also four corresponding feminine archetypes at the archetypal level of the female psyche.)

By using their imaginations actively to imagine a suitable male figure to be referred to as Jesus, Christians may learn how to draw on the energies of the archetypes of maturity at the archetypal level of the human psyche. In this way, Christians may grow and develop psychologically, just as non-Christians may grow and develop psychologically by learning how to draw on the energies of the archetypes of maturity at the archetypal level of the psyche.

Figuratively speaking, learning how to draw on the energies of the archetypes of maturity may be characterized as experiencing the water of life. But Christians do not have a monopoly on the water of life. Non-Christians also have access to the water of life.

In any event, the important thing is for all people to learn how to be suitably inner-directed.

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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; Ph.D.in higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)
 

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