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Theologians are generally caught in this mental materialism through what they call a “metaphysical fact.” It is a name obsession which exists in most theologians, and one cannot switch them out of that projection. The great mother goddess has been taken into the institution of the Church and has not been recognized as matter, so there is a compensatory unconscious materialization of ideas. Christian theology is much too mental. It is a patriarchal institution, and the mother aspect gets them from behind, and thus they are convinced that their ideas are somehow materially real. Our hypothesis, on the contrary, is that there is a living x behind the archetypes. We have not made the separation; matter and the collective unconscious are not two separate dimensions for us. What strikes one so much in the Egyptian religion and was recognized by the Greeks and the Romans is also the strange concretism of what we would call an idea. There was, for instance, a belief in immortality attained through chemical treatment of the corpse—an incredible, primitive-magic concretism! In the museum of Cairo there is a papyrus21 with the prescription for the embalming of the corpse: “See that the head does not fall back; remove the intestines, which will decay. . . .” It is a complete description of what should happen with the corpse, together with the exact words, the liturgy, and the texts, which had to be repeated during the execution of the work. Words and work went together. Everything was done concretely in such a way as to make the human being actually chemically immortal. This concretism only apparently disappeared; it emerged secretly again in Christianity as the concretistic “reality of metaphysical facts.” The old primitive concretism, therefore, makes it quite impossible for many people to discuss facts in an objective empirical way. It provokes a kind of fanatical obsession of ideas inspired by the anima which much too often blocks every scientific understanding. There is always the hope that “somewhere” the ideas must have an absolute reality, but this does not allow any psychological discussion. Psychology is treated as “nothing but” psychology, a minor reality in relation to the “absolute truth.” This is where the depreciation of the feminine Goddess has led! In the Jewish religion this very same concretism appears in the Law. In certain circles of Orthodox Jews at one time it was an important legal problem whether an electric light might be lit on the Sabbath, since it is forbidden to kindle a fire on that day; this was a matter of serious discussion. The mother goddess is not officially recognized in the Jewish religion. So she

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