criticisms of Jung

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  • CRITICISMS FOR JUNG
    • JUNG'S METHODOLOGY
      • we cannot know if God exists because nothing can be known outside the psychic world. e.g. we can never know if a religious experience is real or just created by the mind.
        • however, this assumption has been questioned. this is because scientists base their conclusions on empirical evidence so religious experiences should be treated in the same way
    • JUNG'S THEORY OF ARCHETYPES
      • Geza Roheim- since all humans share the same experiences it is not surprising we develop myths along similar lines. e.g. we are all born so this therefore generates the images of rebirth
      • many ppl do not believe in God so does that still mean they truly have the God archetype. Jung's answer to this would be: atheism is a form of religion. however he fails to show empirical evidence.
    • JUNG'S CONCEPT OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCES
      • Buber- not convinced that an experience which stems from the mind  can properly be termed religious.
      • How can Jung argue that all images are religious experiences?He has failed to preserve the uniqueness of religious experiences. e.g. a vision of being trapped in armour is as religious as a vision of God.
    • THE ROLE OF RELIGION WITHIN INDIVIDUATION
      • Jung argues that the image of Christ  is a symbol of wholeness that helps balance our minds. Christians however would say that Christ is more than just a symbol: as a historical person and the son of God. so this would be highly offensive to Christians.

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