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from Owen Barfield’s Speaker’s Meaning

Somehow what was normal yesterday becomes abnormal today, and vice versa. Moreover the changes are sometimes so radical as to be enor­mous. They can even amount to a volte face. One example of this (which involves a glance forward to Chapter 4) would be the word “subjective.” Originally it was used to signify “existing or being in itself, or independently.” It was the existential predicate par excel­lence. Today it is used to denote the exact oppos­ite: “existing, if at all, only in someone’s mind.” Moreover many common words cannot be said to have achieved a single semantic norm at all. An all too obvious example is the vocabulary of sociology and politics-words like “democracy,” “freedom,” “peace-loving,” “bourgeois.” But, quite apart from this special case (where there are axes to grind), ordinary educated language is full of such words.

Carl Jung - Memories, Dreams, Reflections

"Church gradually became a place of torment to me. For there men dared to preach aloud - I am tempted to say, shamelessly - about God, about His intentions and actions…."

Man, I hear that…

And the best one of all…

Unfortunately, the mythic side of man is given short shriftnowadays. He can no longer create fables. As a result, a great deal escapes him; for it is important and salutary to speak alsoof incomprehensible things…

…We cannot visualize another world ruled by quite other laws,the reason being that we live in a specific world which has helped to shape our minds and establish our basic psychic conditions. We are strictly limited by our innate structure and therefore bound by our whole being and thinking to this world of ours. Mythic man, to be sure, demands a “going beyond all that” but scientific man cannot permit this. To the intellect, all my mythologizing is futile speculation. To the emotions, however, it is a healing and valid activity; it gives existence a glamour which we would not like to do without. Nor is there any good reason why we should.

More from the same book…

Reason sets the boundaries far too narrowly for us, and wouldhave us accept only the known and that too with limitations and live in a known framework, just as if we were sure how far life actually extends. As a matter of fact, day after day we live far beyond the bounds of our consciousness; without our knowledge, the life of the unconscious is also going on within us. The more the critical reason dominates, the more impoverished life becomes; but the more of the unconscious, and the more of myth we are capable of making conscious, the more of life we integrate. Overvalued reason has this in common with political absolutism: under its dominion the individual is pauperized.

Carl Jung, from Memories, Dreams, Reflections; on the importance of myth

Myth, however, can conjure up other images forhim, helpful and enriching pictures of life in the land of the dead. If he believes in them, or greets them with some measure of credence, he is being just as right or just as wrong as some-one who does not believe in them. But while the man who despairs marches toward nothingness, the one who has placed his faith in the archetype follows the tracks of life and lives right into his death. Both, to be sure, remain in uncertainty, but the one lives against his instincts, the other with them.

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Christians aren’t perfect… 
:-)

Christians aren’t perfect…
:-)

Jesus is coming….

Jesus is coming….

jamesfromta:

I remember this situation well! 

jamesfromta:

I remember this situation well! 

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So it looks like we are heading home. Back to Winnipeg appears to be where it is at. We will be home by the summer. There is all kinds of sad and happy wrapped up in this decision, but right now the sad and the happy are mostly being displaced by the busy. And learning French, because they tell me that it is much easier to find jobs in education back home if I speak it. So je dois essayer d’apprendre le français plus vite!

Lewis, on why it only makes sense that there be many ancient myths that sound similar to the Christian story

From God in the Dock

"To me, who first approached Christianity from a delighted interest in, and reverence for, the best pagan imagination, who loved Balder before Christ and Plato before St. Augustine, the anthropological argument against Christianity has never been formidable. On the contrary, I could not believe Christianity if I were forced to say that there were a thousand religions in the world of which 999 were pure nonsense and the thousandth (fortunately) true. My conversion, very largely, depended on recognizing Christianity as the completion, the actualization, the entelechy, of something that had never been wholly absent from the mind of man. (p. 132)"

And…

"The heart of Christianity is a myth which is also a fact. The old myth of the Dying God, without ceasing to be myth, comes down from the heaven of legend and imagination to the earth of history. It happens — at a particular date, in a particular place, followed by definable historical consequences. We pass from a Balder or an Osiris, dying nobody knows when or where, to a historical Person crucified (it is all in order) under Pontius Pilate. By becoming fact it does not cease to be myth: that is the miracle. (God in the Dock 66)"

Each of the redeemed shall forever know and praise some one aspect of the divine beauty better than any other creature can. Why else were individuals created, but that God, loving all infinitely, should love each differently? … For doubtless the continually successful, yet never completed, attempt by each soul to communicate its unique vision of God to all others (and that by means whereof earthly art and philosophy are but clumsy imitations) is also among the ends for which the individual was created.
by David J. Baggett, Jerry L. Walls, Gary R. Habermas, Thomas V. Morris
A pleasure is full grown only when it is remembered. You are speaking, Hman [human], as if the pleasure were one thing and the memory another. It is all one thing… . What you call remembering is the last part of the pleasure… . When you and I met, the meeting was over very shortly, it was nothing. Now it is growing something as we remember it. But still we know very little about it. What it will be when I remember it as I lie down to die, what it makes in me all my days till then—that is the real meeting. The other is only the beginning of it. You say you have poets in your world. Do they not teach you this?
C.S Lewis in Out of the Silent Planet