We always think that Christianity consists in a particular confession of faith and in belonging to a Church.
No, Christianity is our world.
Everything we think is the fruit of the Middle Ages and indeed of the Christian Middle Ages.
Our whole science, everything that passes through our head, has inevitably gone through this history.
It lives in us and has left its stamp upon us for all time and will always form a vital layer of our psyche, just like the phylogenetic traces in our body.
The whole character of our mentality, the way we look at things, is also the result of the Christian Middle Ages; whether we know it or not is quite immaterial.
The age of rational enlightenment has eradicated nothing.
Even our method of rational enlightenment is Christian.
The Christian Weltanschauung is therefore a psychological fact that does not allow of any further rationalization; it is something that has happened, that is present.
We are inevitably stamped as Christians, but we are also stamped by what existed before Christianity. ~Carl Jung, Psychological Reflections, Pages 341-342.
All of us who have had a religious education are deeply impressed by the idea that Christianity entered into history without an historical past, like a stroke of lightning out of a clear sky.
This attitude was necessary, but I am convinced it is not true.
Everything has its history, everything has “grown,” and Christianity, which is supposed to have appeared suddenly as a unique revelation from heaven, undoubtedly also has its history.
Moreover, how it began is as clear as daylight. I need not speak of the rites of the Mass and certain peculiarities of the priests’ clothing which are borrowed from pagan times, for the fundamental ideas of the Christian Church also have their predecessors.
But a break in continuity has occurred because we are all overcome by the impression of the uniqueness of Christianity.
It is exactly as if we had built a cathedral over a pagan temple and no longer knew that it is still there underneath.
The result is that the inner correspondence with the outer God-image is undeveloped through lack of psychic culture and has remained stuck in paganism. ~Carl Jung, Psychological Reflections, Pages 342.