Visions of the Night
Dreams, Religion, and Psychology
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A wide-ranging exploration of the spiritual and scientific dimensions of dreaming.
This wide-ranging exploration of the spiritual and scientific dimensions of dreaming offers new connections between the ancient wisdom of the world's religious traditions, which have always taught that dreams reveal divine truths, and the recent findings of modern psychological research. Drawing upon philosophy, anthropology, sociology, neurology, literature, and film criticism, the book offers a better understanding of the mysterious complexity and startling creative powers of human dreaming experience. For those interested in gaining new perspectives on dreaming, the powers of the imagination, and the newest frontiers in the dialogue between religion and science, Visions of the Night promises to be a welcome resource.
Kelly Bulkeley is Lecturer in the Religious Studies Department, Santa Clara University. A former president of the Association for the Study of Dreams, he has published extensively, and is the editor of Among All These Dreamers: Essays on Dreams and Modern Society and the author of The Wilderness of Dreams: Exploring the Religious Meanings of Dreams in Modern Western Culture, also published by SUNY Press.
"I am most intrigued by Bulkeley's notion of dreams as root metaphors. Such a notion fits in well with an existential-phenomenological approach to dream interpretation, and also lends itself to understanding dreams in the context of spirituality. I think this text matches the quality of Bulkeley's 1994 book (The Wilderness of Dreams), which I regard as a potential 'classic' in dream theory. " — Hendrika Vande Kemp, Fuller Theological Seminary
"This book, both a personal and scholastic journey, is well written, tightly argued, and evocative of the deeper regions of the human heart and mind. It covers a wide spectrum of disciplines, from the literary to the religious to the scholarly/historical, and has academic depth as well as an easy reading style. I very much respect Bulkeley's scope of knowledge and breadth of integration. " — Edward Bruce Bynum, author of Families and the Interpretation of Dreams