Jung’s Religious Influences Presented By: Anton Martel
Summary of Jung’s Religious Life Age 1-12 Jung grew up in a family that had no religious beliefs. Thus, she had no religious beliefs at this phase of her life. Age 13-16 At the age of 13, she decided to turn to Christianity. Age 17-18 At the age of 17, Jung lost faith in Christianity and decided to become agnostic.
Jung considers her close family to be agnostic as they do not have any religious beliefs.
However, several of Jung’s relatives such as her uncles, aunts and cousins are Christian.
It is worth to note that Jung’s grandparents were against the beliefs of Christianity and urged her not to go to church.
Agnosticism is the view that the truth value of certain claims—especially claims about the existence or non-existence of any deity, but also other religious and metaphysical claims—is unknown or unknowable.
One of the primary reasons that Jung became Catholic was due to the fact that her best friend was Christian and it was due to her best friend that Jung started to attend mass.
Her best friend has been a member of the dancing group of their respective church at Swansea and he suggested that Jung should join. Jung eventually joined and befriended so many friends that she decided to remain a Christian because she was happy.
Jung initially met her ex-boyfriend in church. Both Jung and her boyfriend were Christians and went to mass together every Sundays and would spend time together subsequently.
Jung was depressed about moving to the Philippines – most especially the idea of having to leave her friends in both Swansea and Korea. As a result, she began to question her faith in God, believing that should he have existed, he would not have done this to her.
It is evident – through this presentation of Jung’s life – that Jung has gone through a number of experiences that have affected her life and more importantly, her religious life. Her transformation from an Agnostic to a Christian and back to an Agnostic is highlighted through her life experience in moving from Korea to England and to the Philippines.
If I were in Jung’s position, I would also question my faith in God and I would too, turn Agnostic due to my unhappiness in moving to the Philippines and having to leave a life behind at Swansea – where I made a lot of good friends and had an intimate partner that I had to leave. Notably, my family’s belief, too, would have forced me to become agnostic.