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Friday, May 20, 2016

Carl Jung: Christianity, like every closed system of religion, has an undoubted tendency to suppress the unconscious..





Christianity, like every closed system of religion, has an undoubted tendency to suppress the unconscious in the individual
as much as possible, thus paralyzing his fantasy activity.

Instead, religion offers stereotyped symbolic concepts that are meant to take the place of his unconscious once and for all.

The symbolic concepts of all religions are recreations of unconscious processes in a typical, universally binding form.

Religious teaching supplies, as it were, the final information about the “last things” and the world beyond human consciousness.

Wherever we can observe a religion being born, we see how the doctrinal figures flow into the founder himself as revelations, in
other words, as concretizations of his unconscious fantasy.

The forms welling up from his unconscious are declared to be universally valid and thus replace the individual fantasies of others. ~Carl Jung, CW 6, Para 80

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