Members' Eve 2021The Psychology of Religionwith Ian McCallum (Lecture) Sunday, September 26, 20211:30 to 3:30 pmHeld Online via ZoomMembers and Guests
Members’ Eve 2021
The Psychology of Religion
with Ian McCallum
(Lecture) Sunday, September 26, 2021
1:30 to 3:30 pm
Held Online via Zoom
Members and Guests of Members $15
(Workshop) Saturday, October 2, 2021
9 am to 12 pm
Held Online via Zoom
Members and Guests of Members $20
Would the world today have been better off without religion? One of our greatest needs as human beings is the need to belong. Irrespective of its many expressions and denominations, religion will continue to be important in human life; it is psychologically relevant. As far as I am aware, we are the only species that seek more than food, friends, and freedom in our lives. We are seekers of continuity, meaning, values, symbols, and stories (both historical and mythical) that address the deep existential issues of our lives. When viewed through a psychological lens, the book of Genesis and the crucifixion of Christ (which Jung called the myth of our time) come alive. I will also discuss the significance of churches as more than mere bricks and mortar; they are moveable feasts, powerful gestures to the greater mystery of life. We will always need our religions, but can we have them without the politicization and paralysis of religious dogma?
Dr. Ian McCallum, MD is a psychiatrist, analytical psychologist, environmentalist, and poet. He is an adjunct professor at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Graduate School of Business in Port Elizabeth, and an honorary lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town. He is the author of two anthologies of wilderness poems: Wild Gifts (1999), Untamed (2012), and a novel Thorns to Kilimanjaro (2000). His award-winning book Ecological Intelligence – Rediscovering Ourselves in Nature addresses the interconnectedness of all living things and ultimately, the survival of the human animal.
September 26 (Sunday) 1:30 pm - October 2 (Saturday) 12:00 pm EST