If I had the time and energy, and were scholar enough, I would write a history of the 20th century as the century of the great war about God. It has reached end-game status in our time, I think. Those who believe in God and those who believe in No-God stand and glare at each other, no more able to find common ground than those entangled in our toxic political culture, and for much the same reason. Those in the middle, seeing some valid points being made on each side, experience the usual fate of people who can see with more than one eye: They are ignored, or are attacked by both sides.
This is one reason I wrote The Cosmic Internet, or rather, this may be one reason the material in the book was given me by the guys upstairs. Our time is desperately in need of an intellectually respectable vision of the afterlife.
In the absence of such a revisioning, it is damned hard to make progress, because people talk right past each other. For instance, Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, in an interview with English journalist Frederick Sands in 1955, said among other things the following:
“Without knowing it man is always concerned with God. What some people call instinct or intuition is nothing other than God. God is that voice inside us which tells us what to do and what not to do. In other words, our conscience.
“In this dark atomic age of ours, with its lurking fear, man is seeking guidance. Consciously or unconsciously he is once more groping for God. I make my patients understand that all the things which happen to them against their will are a superior force. They can call it God or devil, and that doesn’t matter to me, as long as they realize that it is a superior force. God is nothing more than that superior force in our life. You can experience God every day.”
Wouldn’t you think that his intellectual accomplishments over the previous 50 years would have earned him at least respectful attention by intellectuals? Not so. They couldn’t afford to hear him; too many carefully tended fortress walls might have fallen, and they saw no alternative to their defended positions but superstition and error.
Jung also said,
“All that I have learned has led me step-by-step to an unshakable conviction of the existence of God. I only believe in what I know. And that eliminates believing. Therefore I do not take His existence on belief — I know that He exists.”
But it is not enough that we know for ourselves. Our knowing cannot be transferred to another. What is needed is a model and a way to have the experience.