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Rolfe, E. Goodheart, W.B. (1983). Correspondence. J. Anal. Psychol., 28(1):67-70.

(1983). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 28(1):67-70


Eugene Rolfe and William B. Goodheart

From Eugene Rolfe

Author of The Intelligent Agnostic's Introduction to Christianity Translator of Creative Man by Erich Neumann

May I Amplify Agnes Wilkinson's perceptive, not uncritical, but on the whole overwhelmingly positive review of Vincent Brome's Jung: Man and Myth (in JAP Vol. 25, No. 2, April 1980)? She mentions Brome's popular, but hasty and naive conclusion about Jung's famous flash answer to an equally flash question. Brome writes (p. 53, lines 18-21): Extraordinarily, at the age of eighty-three, after a lifetime spent redefining what religious experience meant, Jung turned full circle and answered John Freeman's television question Do you believe in God? with I don't need to believe. I know. She goes on to say, It is a pity that Brome does not refer readers at this point to p. 255 where he quotes a most illuminating amplification of this answer from Jung himself. Jung told Frederick Sands (Daily Mail, 29 April, 1955): All that I have learned has led me step by step to an unshakeable conviction of the existence of God I do not take His existence on beliefI know that He exists. In a letter to a Mr Leonard, who enquired about this point, Jung explained: Mr Freeman fired the question in a somewhat surprising way, so that I was perplexed and had to say the next thing which came into my mind.

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