Imago Dei


James W. Heisig

Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 1979, 1983.

Also available in Japanese

Hailed by critics as a groundbreaking study in Jungian scholarship when it first appeared in 1979, Imago Dei contains a comprehensive account of what Jung had to say about the God-image from his early years to his lat writings. Dr. Heisig painstakingly traces the development of Jungian ideas and challenges the popular view that Jung’s thought took shape after his break with Freud. Dr. Heisig shows the gradual evolution of Jung’s ideas and demonstrates the strength and inconsistencies inherent in Jung’s methodology, and also explains Jung’s full psychological method.    Cf. Shim, S. Y.(1981), C.G. Jung’s concept of imago Dei with special reference to the commentaries of J. Heisig. Master’s Thesis, Korea Methodist Theological Seminary

Imago Dei…is still the most comprehensive and intelligent study of the subject. Based on a familiarity with the entire range of the Jungian corpus, including unpublished lectures as well as the secondary literature, this book should be presupposed by any study that hopes to make an advance.

David R. Griffin

This remarkably clear, concise yet detailed study traces the development of Jung’s theory of the archetypal foundation of religious experience. . . . With acumen and laudable objectivity, [Dr. Heisig] analyzes Jung’s methodology—his philosophical assumptions, method of gathering data, theoretical explanations. . . . .This judicious study surpasses all previous ones; extremely valuable for specialists in the psychology and philosophy of religion.

Library Journal

Imago Dei . . . belongs in every library of Jungian thought and religious studies.