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What Religion Was Jung?

Throughout the course of Jung’s long life, he struggled greatly with his own Christian roots and psychic heritage. Jung was the only surviving son born to a conservative Swiss Reformed Evangelical clergyman. Further, eight of his uncles were Christian ministers.

It's obvious that the young Carl Jung spent a large portion of his early life, surrounded by these very religious clerics. However, despite Jung's personal struggles with what he considered to be the dead faith of his father - at the end of his life, it was clear that Jung had come full circle in his personal struggles and remained a Christian (albeit, he will never be accused of “orthodoxy” in his beliefs).

"I have never anywhere denied God. I proceed from a positive Christianity, which is as much Catholic as it is Protestant, and I endeavor to demonstrate, in a scientific and responsible manner, those facts which can be ascertained empirically and which not only lend plausibility to the Christian dogma, and especially the Catholic dogma, but are also likely to provide scientifically-minded people with some way towards understanding it....Authors who take as positive a stand as I do in relation to Christianity deserve to be read more carefully and thoughtfully, before an endeavor is made to convert them to something which is already the object of their greatest concern."
Carl Jung, letter dated September 22, 1944

Yes, as mentioned earlier, Jung was sympathetic to and interested exploring all the many other religious faiths across the world, and throughout antiquity. Jung's interest was in order to gain a better understanding of the working of the human psyche.

I’ll take all this a step further and add that as a general rule Jung would not have recommended anyone converting to a religion or religious stance that was foreign to his/her own Western psychic inheritance and/or heritage.

How’s that for Jung being rigid?

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