Originally posted by josephw
The whole idea is absurd to anyone who knows the bible.
Actually it is an idea that Jung said modern man needed to grapple with. He was the son of a traditional Lutheran pastor, yet was drawn toward mystical and archetypal images throughout all cultures and religions. He was an intense student of the Bible and found many archetypal images pointing towards a higher being. He even said once that he had never met a single person with problems whose solution was not spiritual in nature.
Now having said that he wrote a book called "Answer to Job" in which he sought to make sense of the problem of the complicitus nature of God's involvment with Job's sufferings. Here are some terms that Jung used to describe the Old Testament Yahweh in relationship to Job: "unconscious, amoral, totally lacking self-reflection, no insight, savage, ruthless, revolting, double-faced, jealous, despotic, intolerable, clueless and a monster."
So is what we are witnessing God's shadow (a term Jung frequently)?