MWP Video 5b: Separating absolute belief from archetypal meaning

How religious life is possible without supernatural beliefs. Drawing on embodied meaning and Jungian archetypes, it can become clear why the traditional attitude to religion as based on belief is inadequate and damaging. Instead, if we recognise how meaning and belief develop in our brains, we can engage with religion in terms of its meaning, avoiding the conflict and repression created by absolute belief. This is a tributary video to no. 5 in this series on agnosticism.

This is the 18th video in the Middle Way Philosophy introductory course.

Suggested questions for reflection:

1. Consider some examples of symbols or strongly meaningful to you without being objects of belief or disbelief (the arts, dreams and fantasies are good sources of these).

2. Can you understand any of these symbols as being powerful for you because they have an archetypal function (representing the ego, positive or negative other, or integrated self)?

3. Are there any symbols that have been a matter of conflicted absolute belief for you, that might be better understood in terms of meaning without belief?

Suggested further reading:

Middle Way Philosophy 3: The Integration of Meaning, Section 4

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