The degradation of the Christian West has intellectual and spiritual roots that run deep. Scholars are tracing these gnostic roots to our children and grandchildren. They tell us that ours is is not merely a “post-christian” or “post-modern” age, but a “post-secular age.” Atheism’s hour has come and gone. The ancient roots of pagan gnosticism is the urgent crisis of the hour. One key man bears responsibility for this gnostic revival; Carl Jung.
Carl Jung was the young associate of Sigmund Freud and the coiner of the term “introvert” and “extrovert.” Breaking away from Freud, he is considered the Father of the New Age Movement; opening the Western world to Indian spirituality. His goal was to fix humanity’s dysfunctions brought about by Western Civilization by a new psychoanalysis and healing through spirituality. He believed he was developing the “world’s final, unitary religion.” The future of Jung’s psychology rested in the occult, using “psychic/numinous” experience.
Jung grew up with a variety of pagan traditions. One grandfather was a Grand Mason of the freemasons in Switzerland, a grandmother was an occultist, and his mother was a medium who claimed to communicate with spirits of the dead. His experience with Christianity came from his father who was a Lutheran Pastor. His father’s relationship with Christ was in name only. Thus, Jung rejected Christianity from his youth.
Pagan Myths for Western Psychology
In the beginning of the 20th century, people in the West, as a whole, rejected formal paganism. They viewed Hindus as believing in “mumbo jumbo” and saw the naked aboriginals as barbaric. Carl Jung, however, believed that pagan myths “reflect the worldwide search to understand and heal the self by discovering that all the gods are found within us.” Jung was not just after a new psychology but also higher levels of personal freedom.
The modern view of psychological health is based in large part on a paganism-inspired account of the way the world works -Peter Jones
Mythical Archetypes as a Frame of Meaning
Within Jung’s theory, the subconscious is essentially the depths of the soul. Instincts come from mythical archetypes from all the religions of the world. Jung, who had a great deal of knowledge of the differing traditions, tried to morph the common traits within his theories. These archetypes, according to Jones, are the only way to interpret ultimate reality.
Joining the Opposites
The highest goal of maturation within Jung’s theory is the joining of the opposites. Ying and Yang. Right and Wrong. God and Satan. Male and Female. It is the joining together to “produce liberty for the unified individual.” Within psychology, the idea of God is paramount. With Jung, God is within us, all around us, and is joined. This is what Jone’s calls “Oneism.” God and creation are one, joined together. Within Twoism, God is separate and distinct from creation.
Founding a New Religion
With Jung, he was neither a Christian nor a scientist. Although he placated the scientists, he was ultimately condemned from the Christians. When Jung was young, he dabbled in the spirit world and listened to his own spirit tell him of his called, “[To create] a new religion and its proclamation…a new ordering of human affairs.” Jung’s desire for humanity was to have society that would “transcend type and sex.” Jung became god in his mind. He believed that he could save the world.
Jung’s Successful Legacy
In an increasing scientific world, Jung’s “science” within the psychological realms trumpeted across the land. The liberation of sex and the spiritual world were vital to his therapeutic health of the subconscious. This was before the revolution of the 1960’s and the second wave of feminism. Before being condemned by Christianity, he became known as the first “Christian counselor.” His emphasis on the care of the subconscious resonated with pastors who tend to their flock. With help from famous, wealthy clients like the Rockefellers, Jung and his therapy began to infiltrate society. It is only now in recent decades that the church has seen the result of Jung’s therapy: sexual freedom, pantheism, accommodation of evil, and gnosticism.
“If it feels good, just do it.”
The Measure of the Man
Richard Noll, a clinical psychologist, compared Jung’s influence to that of the 4th Century Roman emperor, Julian the Apostate. This emperor brought back polytheism after the Roman empire became a Christian. As some have put it, “Where Julian failed, Jung succeeded. Jung’s psychological theories, joining of opposites, and the dominance of the subconscious have practically shattered the foundations of the Judeo-Christian civilization. Psychology and the supernatural have taken the preeminence. Due to the infiltration of Jung’s influence, Christianity in the West is coming apart at the seams.
*This article is a synopsis of Chapter 3 of Peter Jone’s Book, The Other Worldview: Exposing Christianity’s Greatest Threat
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