Jung's psychology proffers a sustained reflection on the traditional religious question of the relation of divine transcendence to immanence. On this issue his psychology affirms a position of radical immanence in its contention that the experience of divinity is initially wholly from within. Though this position remains on the periphery of religious and theological orthodoxy Jung is not alone in holding it among moderns. Paul Tillich adopts a similar stance with his controlling symbols of the divine as 'Ground of Being' and 'Depth of Reason'. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin understands divinity as the experiential energy of evolution itself working within nature and humanity toward greater configurations of universal communion as the basis of community. All of Jung's master symbols of individuation assume such an understanding of immanence uniting individual and totality. His psychology strongly suggests and contributes to the current emergence of a new religious sensitivity based on the awareness of the intra-psychic origin of all religions. In his later writings he held out such a position as a significant alternative to genocide.

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Keywords Depth of Reason, Evolution, Ground of being, Symbol, Teilhard de Chardin, Tillich, Unus mundus
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-5922.12114
Journal Journal of Analytical Psychology
Citation
Dourley, J.P. (2015). Conspiracies of immanence: Paul Tillich, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and C.G. Jung. Journal of Analytical Psychology, 60(1), 75–93. doi:10.1111/1468-5922.12114