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It has been exhaustively demonstrated by comparative mythologists like Joseph Campbell, by psychologists like Carl Jung and by philosophers like Alan Watts and similar folks, that all religions are “saying” the same thing. The idea is that there are two levels of meaning to religious thinking – denotative and connotative. Denotative meaning is basically literal meaning. On the surface, religions can seem to be very different at this level. This is due to cultural nuances and how mythic/religious thinking transforms over time. Symbolism, which all religion is rife with, is not meant to be taken solely literally. As Carl Jung said, “Symbols have one foot planted in the world and the other in the Infinite.” On the connotative, or symbolic, level, all religions are saying the same thing. They are all referencing the same transcendent reality. Joseph Campbell speaks of universal Motifs across religions and Carl Jung of mythological Archetypes, which he has shown also appear in dreams (of atheists, even!). Meanwhile, the majority of humanity are stuck on the metaphor, taking it all too literal, not seeing what the metaphor is referencing and fighting amongst ourselves.
Roger Penrose's ideas on Cosmology, going by the name of Conformal Cyclical Cosmology, take this even deeper. First, Special Relativity basically says a photon does not sense the passage of time. As the Universe continues to evolve all mass will radiate away, eventually even Black Holes via the so-called Hawking Radiation mechanism. Imagine the last little piece of mass left in the Universe, say a microscopic Black Hole, which is the only piece of matter left in the Universe that can sense the passage of time. What happens when it radiates away? The mathematical implication is that time and, therefore distance, lose meaning. Penrose's idea is that at this point the infinite vastness of space is equivalent to the infinitesimal beginning of the Big Bang, which of course initiates a new Big Bang, or a new cycle of the Universe. Space is an illusion whose power is sapped, without time and matter. The two entities - spacetime and matter - need each other for their mutually interdependent continued existence and even the continued existence of this current cycle of the Universe. Pretty wild, right?
Joseph Campbell, psychologists like Carl Jung and philosophers like Alan Watts and similar folks, that all religions are “saying” the same thing.