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Death of God

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Death of God


A recent article that was emailed to me, unfortunately without mentioning the author, says: “the story of the Death of God might be expected to be the story of a bloody conflict between science and religion.

This affirmation misses entirely the point. It should be pointing to the death of established churches, not God, and the battle between science and the kind of religion that insists on seeing the Bible as historical facts and not as metaphors.

Let´s take the example of the Catholic Church. There is no question that it is loosing importance – the number of its followers is reducing drastically. The reason – the Christian Churches insist in reading the Bible as facts. This goes against science.

Can you believe in the physical existence of the Garden of Eden? Jesus implicitly denied its existence as a physical place when he said in the Gospel of Thomas: “The Kingdom of the Father is spread upon the earth, and men do not see it.” Can you believe in a talking snake? I could fill a few pages with absurd facts mentioned by the Bible or by the dogmas. But, these same facts, when read metaphorically, bring essential psychological truths.

A psychological interpretation of Old Testament stories

A psychological interpretation of Old Testament stories

In my book – The Jungian Bible – I discuss several Old Testament stories pointing, with the use of Jung´s ideas, its psychological treasures.

Edward Edinger, a well-known writer and Jungian analyst, opens his book, The Creation of Consciousness, saying:

“History and anthropology teach us that human society cannot long survive unless its members are psychologically contained in a central living myth. Such myth provides the individual with a reason for being.”

The Western civilization is passing through troubled times. Carl Jung, recognizing the importance of the Christian myth to the Western civilization, insisted that the Christian churches reconsider their approach to the Bible and the dogmas, reading them metaphorically. Unfortunately, he was unsuccessful, and the decline of these churches continues to accelerate.

I was involved in the business world, as an executive of large companies and university professor since recently. I was the president CSN, the largest steel-mill of Latin America and was responsible for its turn-around. My first encounter with the teachings of the Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung, one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th Century, was during my midlife crisis. Reading "Man and his Symbols" at that time, inspired me to go into Jungian analysis and to begin devouring the writings of Jung and his disciples. Since then, I've been studying psychology, especially Jungian psychology and, after reaching my seventies, I decided to become a full time writer, specializing on books on Jungian psychology and psychological thrillers. Every masterpiece of literature can be absorbed through multiple interpretations, and yield powerful insights for our daily lives. My first Jungian book, “The Little Prince for Grown-ups“, in its fourth edition in Brazil, was based on the famous book of Saint-Exupéry. The second, - “The Jungian Bible” - interprets some stories of the Old Testament and world myths. As I get older and, with a bit of luck, wiser, I want to pass on to the younger generations the lessons life has taught me. Jesus Christ taught that it was easier to sell ideas with stories. Following the Master, I published in English "The Amazon Shaman" and "In Search of Happiness", two psychological thrillers around the theme of happiness.

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