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Carl Jung’s knowledge of God


In a BBC interview which aired during October 1959, Carl Jung told John Freeman about growing up as a pastor’s son in the Swiss Reformed Church, a boy who went to Sunday services  and believed in God. Freeman asked whether Jung still believed in God. Jung answered,

Now? (Pause) Difficult to answer. I know. I needn’t, I don’t need to believe. I know.

After receiving many letters about his answer, Jung wrote to the BBC’s weekly magazine, The Listener, to amplify, if not necessarily clarify, his remarks.

Jung’s letter was published in January 1960. It is the mature Jung’s definitive statement about God. Its text, along with other source material, appears in the Unlinks section, here. Unrolling Jung’s Persian carpet of thought is the object of this post.

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