Answer to Job

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Ark, 1984 - Bible - 194 pages
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In this remarkable book Jung sets himself face-to-face with 'the unvarnished spectacle of divine savagery and ruthlessness.'

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Another example of Carl Jung taking the limits of thought to an entirely new level, and this time as it pertains to modern Christian religion.
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I will say that for anyone who has spent any decent
amount of time analyzing Christianity for whatever reason, this book will open your mind to entirely new concepts that are much needed in the mind of the rationalistic, although rationality is not of key importance here.
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Couple of the key ideas without giving too much away, God needed to become man to make up for the wrong he had done to Job. Thus the crucifixion of Christ was not only a payment for man's sins to God, but for the darkness God had shown to man.
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Also, that the experiences believers have of the Holy spirit entering and dwelling within them are more examples of God wanting to become man.
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In my own view I had always just assumed people wanted God to be here or within them in the form of Holy Spirit because we needed some kind of an explanation for our apparently isolated situation on planet earth without any concrete answers.
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Jung takes an acceptance of all things as they pertain to the psyche to be real and therefore do not need any further explanation or proof, but rather insight into their meaning.
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Also in regard to the previous person review, it is important to note that Carl Jung, did not mistakenly postulate that God did the evil to Job. This is a critical part of the book.
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Even though it is satan doing his bidding Jung puts the real brunt of the blame on God for doing so.
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Jung's reasoning for this is that everything comes from God including his "dark son" satan. God also contains omniscience of the outcome that will happen if he lets satan have his way with Job and yet God does not consult his omniscience and turns a blind eye to the pain Job suffers. Yet Job does not stop believing in God as an advocate. Jung then further postulates in accordance with the tradition that because of Job's unrelenting faith and moral character he single-handedly rises to God's level and thus changes the moral direction and outcome of mankind as we pertain in the great scheme of the Christian and Judaic tradition.
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As I said previously, these are some new ideas from Carl Jung, which we have come to expect. Enjoy.
 

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A profoundly intriguing idea. However with a few errors: He does indicate his reflections are that of a layman. Which in it self is a profoundly deep and thoughtful exercise.
How would the logic
progression change if he knew that the book of Job is probably the oldest text of all the other books in the Bible. Scholars date the writing of Job earlier than even the time when Moses first penned the book of Genesis.
Questions of whether Job knew the story of Adam a nascent. In the even that is so, it represents a profoundly deep monotheistic understanding that may even predate or exist at the same time as the pantheons of other religions. Over arching understanding expressed in Genesis suggest there was a decent of man from a time when Adam walked with God to the time man turned to worship nature, and "created things" rather than the creator.
The dating of Job comes from anecdotal information, identifying for example the reference to the Sabeans and Chaldeans which reference the Early Babylonian period as early as 3000 BC.
This would make the book of Job the most primative understanding of God in written form. Not, as he surmises written after David. This is important because the theology of God by David was far more developed, than is expressed in the book of Job.
Secondly, the horrific experiences of Job, were not caused by God.
The preface identifies Satan as the origin of this calamity. It prefaces the story and was unknown to Job through out the agony of his experience. Job and his friends all incorrectly think it was God who did this. Its important to understand humanity is falliable in his perceptions. What is interesting is that if even Carl Jung was human enough to have misperceptions, the archetipical contribution he makes is all the more profound, not lessened by it. Still, I can't help but wonder what might have arisen had he understood this one fact.
 

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Carl Jung was born in Switzerland on July 26, 1875. He originally set out to study archaeology, but switched to medicine and began practicing psychiatry in Basel after receiving his degree from the University of Basel in 1902. He became one of the most famous of modern psychologists and psychiatrists. Jung first met Sigmund Freud in 1907 when he became his foremost associate and disciple. The break came with the publication of Jung's Psychology of the Unconscious (1912), which did not follow Freud's theories of the libido and the unconscious. Jung eventually rejected Freud's system of psychoanalysis for his own "analytic psychology." This emphasizes present conflicts rather than those from childhood; it also takes into account the conflict arising from what Jung called the "collective unconscious"---evolutionary and cultural factors determining individual development. Jung invented the association word test and contributed the word complex to psychology, and first described the "introvert" and "extrovert" types. His interest in the human psyche, past and present, led him to study mythology, alchemy, oriental religions and philosophies, and traditional peoples. Later he became interested in parapsychology and the occult. He thought that unidentified flying objects (UFOs) might be a psychological projection of modern people's anxieties. He wrote several books including Studies in Word Association, Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Skies, and Psychology and Alchemy. He died on June 6, 1961 after a short illness.

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