In Answer to Job, Jung examines God’s malevolent side (or, in Jungian terminology, His shadow), with the book of Job as a launching point.
This is a sophisticated and quite complex book. I can’t even imagine trying to read it if I hadn’t been actively grappling with some of his concepts already, having just read Modern Man In Search of a Soul. Even so, I struggled to keep up. Be ready to have to google the definition of phrases and words constantly throughout the book.
Jung covers such concepts as God’s capacity to do evil, His amorality, His masculinity vs. femininity, and the extent to which God was/is a conscious being. Furthermore, he makes the case that God lost the moral high ground and was thus defeated by Job, leading to the need to essentially re-create Himself as a loving, moral, benevolent human (in Jesus Christ). If any of those concepts interest you, this is the book for you.
I hate to reduce Jung’s work into just a few sentences such as I have, but Jung has essentially rendered my mind as mush for the time being.
Final say: 5/5 Stars. It’s a very difficult but very worthwhile book. Read it.
Answer to Job
Paperback: 152 pages
Publisher: Princeton University Press; With a New foreword by Sonu Shamdasani edition (November 14, 2010)
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