A Jungian Critique of Christianity

Last week I interviewed John P. Dourley, a Jungian analyst, professor of religion, and Roman Catholic priest. He's written many books – more than I have time to read at the moment. So when I had the opportunity to speak with him for several hours on Monday, I hung on his every word.

Here's just a portion of what he said. Hopefully it'll make you want to take the time to listen to the entire interview. 

"I think that Jung understood the psyche as naturally creating the experiences that lead humanity to its universal belief in God, whatever form or variation those beliefs might take. ... I think he also understands the psyche to be creating the religions in such a way that there may be a discernable pattern in their creation. In a couple of places in his Collected Works he will say religion in its evolution seems to have followed this path: that the many Gods, the polytheistic religions, became one God, the monotheisms, and that that one God became man. Obviously the reference to the one God becoming man would go to Christianity. But he goes on then to imply that when the one God became man, every man – that is every individual, both genders – was called upon to activate the divine potential within themselves. This process of activation of one's personal divinity, I think, is at the core of the maturational process [Jung] describes as individuation."
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My interview with Professor Dourley can be found on the podcast page.