Posted by: Ian Bruk | April 18, 2007

400+ Branches of Protestantism


Before Consulting prides itself on a keen sense of signal vs. noise. This was reinforced to me the other day as I listened to CBC Radio One. The Current had a show on the Anglican Blessings of Gay Marriages. I did listen – somewhat – but I was drawn to a copy of “The Archetypes of the Collective Unconcious” by C.G. Jung that one of my staff had given me. I had just been reading it and remembered Jung’s comments on Protestantism to which the Anglican Church belongs. Following are what I believe to be the relevant passages from the book:

The history of Protestantism has been one of chronic iconoclasm. One wall after another fell. And the work of destruction was not too difficult once the authority of the Church had been shattered. We all know, in large things as in small, in general as well as in particular, piece after piece collapsed, and how the alarming poverty of symbols that is now the condition of our life came about.

he goes on to say:

Although this is, properly speakng, a lamentable collapse that offends our sense of history, the disintegration of Protestantism into nearly four hundered denominations is yet a sure sign that the restlessness continues. The Protestant is cast out into a state of defencelessness that might well make the natural man shudder.

So, according to Jung, the schism mentioned in the CBC Radio One piece will take place. The disintegration will continue and our clients, with our help, will continue to search for the deeper meaning of these happenings.

This photo I took in the environs of T’a’grarial made me think of the 400+ branches.


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