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You clearly understand that I am not a mystic but an empiricist.

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Letters of C. G. Jung: Volume I, 1906-1950 (Vol 1)

To Norbert Drewitt, O.P.

Dear Father, 25 September 1937

I am much obliged to you for kindly sending me your offprints and notes.

It has interested me very much indeed to read them.

I was particularly satisfied with the fact that you clearly understand that I am not a mystic but an empiricist.

It is true however that a vivid interest in religion and religious truth has guided my research.

My chief curiosity was always the question: What does the human mind, inasmuch as it is a natural involuntary functioning, produce if left to itself?

Such a problem, of course, is only possible after a complete renunciation of all traditional truth, no matter how true it may be.

Whatever my statements are, they are always based upon experiences, and whatever I say is never intended to contradict or to defend an existing truth.

Its sole purpose is to express what I believe I have seen.

Whatever I try in the way of explanation, it never intends to explain away or to recommend or to advise, its sole purpose is to make a particular kind of experience generally and humanly understandable.

I see from your writings that you make a most serious attempt to understand and clarify an exceedingly involved situation.

Your standpoint is of course a positive creed, while I start from a complete lack of truth and understanding.

Yet we are working at the same problem.

I also am impressed by the fact of your complete sincerity and honesty.

I believe therefore that whatever the book you are writing may contain, it will be an honest attempt at a reconciliation of scientific statements with revealed truth.

I am inclined to believe from what I know already that such an enterprise is possible.

But I wish I could talk to you once personally in order to explain to you what my standpoint is in this matter.

I am afraid that I am unable to do it in a letter.

It would require too much Space and time.

I am coming to England next spring at the beginning of April and I should much appreciate it if you would kindly allow me to call on you once during my stay in London.

Sincerely yours,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. 1, Page 237.