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The Cornwall Lectures

A very universal view of the world is always un-conditioned, it is the ultimate truth of what you have to believe.

For example, in intellectual matters you are bound to apply the hypothesis which seems most valid.

It is immoral merely to take a position of negation.

The universal view of the world is a religion.

To most people modern religion is a historical sentimentality rather than a view of the world, for this we rather go to philosophy or science.

A religion should be an ultimate view of the world; it should be unconditioned and absolute.

When religion becomes relative and conditional it is no longer valid, it will no longer release the unconditioned forces within you and your impersonal attitude must have behind it an absolute and unconditioned principle which must be accepted in its totality.

If the channels are too narrow, the stream will overflow and become destructive.

This happened at the time of the Reformation. Then the channel became too narrow, after the Gothic period.

As a result of the Reformation life flowed once again, but it left the ecclesiastical channel and a world science began.

At the Reformation two things happened which upset the absolute attitude of that day:

(a) Crucifixes were found in Mexico, which undermined the belief in the uniqueness of the Christian religion where the crucifixion was the central teaching,

(b) The rediscovery of Gnosticism, the Dionysian myth and so forth, which showed that teachings similar to Christianity had been prevalent before the birth of Christ.

The Church met this problem by going back to the authority of the Fathers, instead of seeking for new ways to meet the new truth. She just dismissed the new truth.

The Germanic peoples, especially, split off from the Catholic Church.

This branch kept on dividing.

Protestantism is a negation of medieval Christianity, and is on the way to differentiation.

The Catholic Church bases itself on the mediation of the Church; Protestantism denies that this is necessary, and so the Church is already undermined.

Protestantism claims that man has direct access to God, which opens the way to differences of revelation, that is, to schisms.
This means that man is individual, which for the Church is the work of the devil.

Thus the impersonal view represented by the Church became dissolved, and with it our impersonal attitude.

Now we have none. ~Carl Jung, Cornwall Seminar, Page 15.