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.
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.