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Senior Editor: Victoria Cowan. G. Jung. Cover: Ad Parnassum by Paul Klee, 1932. (Kunstmuseum, Berne) Index by Christopher Blackburn Printed and bound in Canada by John Deyell Company Limited. for all the good times Author's Note The material in this book originated in various addresses to academic bodies for the study of religion and to Jung societies in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia over the past few years. Some of it has appeared, or will appear, in academic journals. This book, however, stands as a coherent whole and presents an aspect of Jung's psychology that I am far from alone in championing but to which I add a statement not put quite this way by others concerned with much the same issues.
Rather, when related to Jung's total work, his analysis of his father's personal religious difficulties reveals them to be a microcosm of the current pathology of Christian consciousness on a macrocosmic scale. Read in this light the matter with Jung's father remains the matter with much of Christianity. In this context Jung's analysis does two things. It reveals the issues at stake in his dialogue with his father to be lifelong impelling forces in the formulation of Jung's mature psychology, and it strongly suggests that those still influenced by Christianity are forced by its limitations to continue to grapple with the problems encountered by his father.
9) 30Memories, Dreams, Reflections, p. 94. 31 Ibid. Page 19 conception of the life of faith divested of hope and, he might well have added, of that joy that flows to consciousness from the experience of that point of intersection of divinity and humanity. It is not surprising then that Jung came increasingly to view his father's faith as a drain on his father's energy and as a betrayal of his fuller humanity. His anger is evident when he recalls, Once I heard him praying. He struggled desperately to keep his faith.
A strategy for a loss of faith: Jung's proposal by John P. Dourley