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.
Cultural Background <ul><li>Jung spent the first 12 years of her life in South Korea - where 47% of its citizens are agnostic, 23% are Buddhists and 11% are Christian. </li></ul><ul><li>Thus, throughout Jung’s childhood, she was not religious as she was not exposed to any religious teachings or beliefs. </li></ul>
Family <ul><li>Jung considers her close family to be agnostic as they do not have any religious beliefs. </li></ul><ul><li>However, several of Jung’s relatives such as her uncles, aunts and cousins are Christian. </li></ul><ul><li>It is worth to note that Jung’s grandparents were against the beliefs of Christianity and urged her not to go to church. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
Education <ul><li>Jung had moved to Swansea in the seventh and eight grade – enrolling in the "Bishop Gore Comprehensive School.” </li></ul><ul><li>The school followed Christian beliefs. An instance of this would take place during assemblies, where each student was required to pray. </li></ul><ul><li>Jung had also taken a class called religious studies, which she credited for enhancing her interest in religion, most notably, Christianity. </li></ul>
Friendships <ul><li>Relationship with Best Friend </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship with Boyfriend </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
Religious Experience <ul><li>After a year of being Christian, Jung was baptized. It was during her baptism that she described her faith in Christianity to be at its peak – as she felt closer to God. </li></ul>
Cultural Background Jung lived in Swansea, a coastal city and county located in Wales, United Kingdom – where 71% of the population is Catholic and 34% agnostic.
Experience <ul><li>At the age of 17, Jung moved to the Philippines. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
Education <ul><li>Upon moving to the Philippines, Jung enrolled at the International School Manila – where she participated in classes that questioned the existence of God, such as biology and anthropology. </li></ul><ul><li>Jung’s mother also discouraged her from going to church, believing that going to church was becoming detrimental to her grades. </li></ul>
Friendships <ul><li>Relationship with Friends </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship with Boyfriend </li></ul><ul><li>Initially, Jung went to church every Sundays despite moving to the Philippines. However, Jung stopped going to church because she did not like the people that went to that church. </li></ul><ul><li>When Jung moved to the Philippines, Jung was forced to break up with her boyfriend from Swansea. As a result, Jung went through emotional pain that made her begin to question her faith in God. </li></ul>
Summary <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>