Hammering Hot Iron Paperback

A Spiritual Critique of Bly's Iron John

by Charles Upton

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Hammering Hot Iron

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Hammering Hot Iron is a rare work that raises important questions, draws vital distinctions, and elevates discourse within the spiritual community on the Men’s Movement, Jungian psychology, archetypal and mythological studies, and polytheistic religions. Drawing on the perennial philosophy, the universal expression of absolute truth, Upton offers a metaphysical and cultural critique of Robert Bly's Iron John. Upton adopts Bly’s shadow in the Jungian sense. His intellectual argument is masterfully intertwined with his own personal and spiritual journey, often expressed through original poetry.


“The book is excellent. Upton's insights have exposed the shallow philosophical thinking associated with the Men’s Movement, the inadequacy of polytheism as a religious faith, and the bias against Christianity. Hammering Hot Iron does a splended job of critiquing Jungian writers and in showing there is more to God than the archetype of God in the psyche. Thank you for your excellent work in setting the record straight!”

— John A. Sanford, Jungian analyst


“Charles Upton provides a long-overdue masterful critique of the Men’s Movement, its popularizing heroes, and the archetypal psychology on which it is based. In this marvelously iconoclastic book, Upton articulates the feelings and thoughts of those who have left the movement or are wondering why they are still part of it. He does so with eloquence, wit, and not least, wisdom.

—Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D., author of Voices on the Threshold of Tomorrow and Structures of Consciousness


Charles Upton is a poet, social activist, and writer of the spiritual path. He is author of many other books published by Sophia Perennis

Hammering Hot Iron by Charles Upton was published by Sophia Perennis et Universalis in June 2005. The ISBN for Hammering Hot Iron is 9781597310437.

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Details for Hammering Hot Iron

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherSophia Perennis et Universalis (June 2005)
Number of Pages264
Thickness15 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4265189
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