Excerpt from a well-written summary:



HTRJ, Ch 3: The Underground God: SRQ07


1.    Tacey begins with an excerpt that describes Jung’s early impressions of Jesus and          and Jung’s recollection of the Underground Phallic/God dream

a.    Tacey notes Jung’s lifelong excitement surrounding the idea of God in a post Nietzschean sense

                                                                                                                                        i.     Jung believed piety killed God by making God too narrow and destroying our religious imagination

b.    Jung believed that God would be resurrected from below

                                                                                                                                        i.     Tacey notes an archetypal image of Jung’s dream - Eye of God and the transformation from a God ruling sexuality in the sky to God as sexuality itself- a powerful chthonic God

c.    Jung believes that the archetypal images of his dream point to a missing component of his childhood experience of divinity - the missing side of Jesus- the phallus symbolically represents creativity and regeneration

2.    The divine light can be snuffed out by logic and reason

a.    A Freudian analysis of both the phallic dream and the defecating dream would suggests Oedipal aggression, but an archetypal dimension to the dream can also be discerned

b.    Jung has gnostic view of God in ongoing incarnation and continued revelation

c.    “Jung does not accept the premises of theology, but sees the world through a lens of psychology, in which God is a metaphor for the fate and passion of ultimate meaning” (Tacey 42).

                                                                                                                                        i.     Jung perceives God as having a side that has been largely ignored in the West; the other side of God includes instinct, sexuality, and the ‘dark side’

d.    “Jung’s dreams and visions show the rebirth of God in the underworld, and destruction of the old religious dispensation by a God who is above the moral code”(Tacey 42).

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