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Hillman writes of "the governance of the gods." It is more\nreasonable to assume that both men are attracted to the Buddhist\nconcept, according to which there is no self, only a flux of\nsensations cut up into discrete and illusionary consciousnesses.\nThis view was shared by philosophers from Heraclitus to Nietzsche,\nand it has had decisive influence on devotees of Oriental\nwisdom. Jung discovered this wisdom after his encounter with\nmedieval alchemy. In jiis view, which finds wide acceptance\ntoday, the alchemist sought not gold but the integration of personality,\njust like the modern psychologist.\nPsychological therapy thus claims to meet the religious\ndemands of our time and aspires to take the place of religion in\nhealing the soul. The analyst finds the soul of modern man\ndesiccated, bereft of a sense of the sacred, the myth, the fantastic.\nHe also perceives the disproportion between dehumanizing\ntechnological trends and the precepts of a Christian milieu.\nThere remain two possibilities: one is to lead the soul back to\nwhat is called the "pure meaning" of Christianity, the other is\nto lead itfartherh^jck---to pagan polytheism. Both paths lead\nto the root of the modern crisis of the soul and its religious\npredicament.\nU, ' nraveling the Christian roots has come to mean a\ndialogue with, and learning from. Oriental wisdom. Several---\nincluding Protestant theologian Jiirgen Moltmann and W.\nJohnston, S.J.---maintain that Christianity...

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