Wallace Clift

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
The Reverend
Wallace Clift
Born (1926-03-27) March 27, 1926 (age 92)
Nationality American
Occupation Academic
Spouse(s) Jean Dalby Clift
Academic background
Alma mater University of Texas, Harvard University, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, University of Chicago Divinity School
Thesis Psychological and Biblical-Theological Perspectives on Hope from the Viewpoints of C. G. Jung and John Knox
Influences Carl Jung, Jolande Jacobi
Academic work
Discipline Religious studies
Sub-discipline Jungian psychology
Institutions University of Denver, Iliff School of Theology
Notable works Jung and Christianity (1982)

Wallace Bruce Clift, Jr. (born March 27, 1926[1]) is the author of several books and articles in the field of psychology of religion, and a professor emeritus at the University of Denver, where he chaired the Department of Religion for many years.[2] He has lectured and given workshops extensively in the United States, Australia, Europe and Asia on such topics as Jungian psychology, Christian theology, pilgrimage, spiritual growth, dream interpretation, journaling, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.[3][4] Clift has published six books, three of which were co-authored with his wife, the Reverend Jean Dalby Clift.[5]

Early career and education[edit]

Clift earned a bachelor's degree with honors in economics and government from the University of Texas at Austin in 1949.[5] Clift then went on to earn a law degree at Harvard Law School in 1952, and practiced law at Baker, Botts, Andrews and Parish in Houston, Texas, before attending seminary.[5] He married another attorney at the firm, Jean Dalby, in 1954.[2] In 1960, he earned an M.Div. from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.[5] Ordained deacon in 1960 and priest in 1961, Clift served as vicar of Grace Church and the Church of the Resurrection in Houston until 1964.[2] While in Houston, Clift attended the major address by then-presidential candidate Senator John F. Kennedy to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association on September 12, 1960 regarding Kennedy's ability to make decisions independent of the Roman Catholic Church, and is viewable on the 1:38 mark in the recorded video of the address.[6]

In 1964, Clift received a Farish Foundation grant to study the psychology of Carl Jung.[2] He studied from 1964 to 1966 at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich, Switzerland, where he worked with analyst Jolande Jacobi.[7] He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School with his dissertation Psychological and Biblical-Theological Perspectives on Hope from the Viewpoints of C. G. Jung and John Knox.[8]

Academic career[edit]

Clift taught psychology of religion at the University of Denver from 1969 to 1992, and in 1981 helped start its joint Ph.D. program in religious and theological studies with the Iliff School of Theology.[2][9] Clift co-founded the C. G. Jung Society of Colorado in 1976, and served as its first president.[10] After his retirement from the University of Denver in 1992, Clift was appointed Canon Theologian of the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado and invited to head the Anglican Studies program at St. Thomas Theological Seminary.[11] When St. Thomas closed in 1995, Clift and the Episcopal diocesan bishop negotiated the Anglican Studies program's move to the Methodist Iliff School of Theology, where Clift continued to head the program for another seven years.[11]

Professional recognition[edit]

In 2000, Bette Lanning endowed the Wallace B. and Jean Dalby Clift Scholarship Fund at Iliff to provide funds for students enrolled in its Anglican Studies Program.[12] Church Divinity School of the Pacific awarded Clift an honorary doctorate in 2003.[5] Clift served as President of the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado from 1989 to 1990[2] and is Canon Theologian Emeritus of the diocese.[13]




  • Clift, Wallace (1966). "A Taize Retreat". St. Andrew's Bulletin. Zurich, Switzerland. 
  • Clift, Wallace (1974). "The New Hasidism". Network (March). 
  • Clift, Wallace (1975). "Tillich and Jung: A New Mythology of Salvation?". Iliff Review (Winter). 
  • Clift, Wallace (1976). "Myth, Symbol and the Church in the Writings of John Knox". Iliff Review (Spring). 
  • Clift, Wallace (1976). "Symbols of Wholeness in Tillich and Jung". International Journal of Symbology (July). 
  • Clift, Wallace (1984). "Jung's Notion of Religion". The New Catholic World. 227 (1358). 
  • Clift, Wallace (1986). "Journal Keeping for Personal Growth". Circuit Rider (February). 

Encyclopedia entries[edit]

  • Clift, Wallace (1987). "Child"; "Rejuvenation"; "Vierkandt, Alfred"; and "Wundt, Wilhelm" in Encyclopedia of Religion. (Eliade, Mircea, ed.) New York: Macmillan.
  • Clift, Jean Dalby; Clift, Wallace (2012). "Symbols of Transformation in Dreams" in Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion. 2nd ed. (Leeming, D., ed.) Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.


  1. ^ http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/coke/vitals/births/cokeb26.txt
  2. ^ a b c d e f Episcopal Clerical Directory. Church Publishing. 2009. p. 180. 
  3. ^ Castrone, Linda (December 24, 1991). "Hallowed Ground: From Graceland to Mother Cabrini Shrine, Modern Pilgrims Journey Far and Wide". Rocky Mountain News. Denver, CO. 
  4. ^ Legg, Charlotte (October 15, 1990). "Pilgrim's Progress: One Professor's Journey to Enlightenment". University of Denver Today. Denver, CO. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "2003 Alumni/ae Convocation" (PDF). Crossings. Church Divinity School of the Pacific: 13–14. Winter 2003. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  6. ^ "Address of Senator John F. Kennedy". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  7. ^ Clift, Wallace (1982). Jung and Christianity: The Challenge of Reconciliation. The Crossroad Publishing Company. pp. xi. ISBN 0-8245-0409-7.  Clift, Wallace (1990). Journey Into Love: Road Signs Along The Way. The Crossroad Publishing Company. pp. 11–12. ISBN 0-8245-1032-1. 
  8. ^ Clift, Wallace (1970). Psychological and Biblical-Theological Perspectives on Hope from the Viewpoints of C.G. Jung and John Knox. Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Chicago. OCLC 43671150. 
  9. ^ Iliff and DU Joint Ph.D. Program."The Joint Ph.D Program". Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  10. ^ "History". C. G. Jung Society of Colorado. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  11. ^ a b Clift, Wallace (June–July 1998). "Anglican studies program celebrates ten years". Colorado Episcopalian. 60: 11.  Episcopal Clerical Directory. Church Publishing. 2007. p. 174. 
  12. ^ Robbins, Gregory (January–February 2006). "DU's Anglican Studies to Celebrate 10th Anniversary" (PDF). Colorado Episcopalian. 68: 5. 
  13. ^ "Clergy Directory". Episcopal Diocese of Colorado. Retrieved 2010-09-15.