Freud and the Problem of God

Freud and the Problem of God

Book - 1990 | Enlarged ed.
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In this highly acclaimed book, one of the most prominent theologians in the world offers a theological and psychoanalytic assessment of Freud's atheism and of its implications for current psychoanalytic practice.  In the original section of the book, now entitled "God--An Infantile Illusion?," Hans K#65533;ng traces Freud's views on religion and religious longing, compares Jung's and Adler's attitudes toward religion, shows that Freud's arguments against the existence of God are theologically unsound, and concludes with a frank and provocative discussion of what psychoanalysis may be able to teach the Christian Church.  In a new section, "Religion--The Final Taboo?," K#65533;ng points out that religions still plays a negligible role in the practice of psychoanalysis, despite its increasing importance in the lives of most people.  Has religion replaced sex, K#65533;ng asks, as an integral facet of human experience ignored or repressed by the very profession that seeks to enlighten?
Reviews of the first edition:
"This should stand as one of Dr. K#65533;ng's finest works."--Edmund Fuller, Wall Street Journal
"A balanced, thorough, and very readable discussion of Freud's critique of religion... A model of the clarity, honesty, and fairness we can always expect to find in K#65533;ng's writings." -John F. Haught, America
"An honest, sympathetic pro-and-con assessment of specific elements of Freud's critique by a well-known German Catholic theologian, easily accessible to the interested layperson and valuable for both theologians and psychologists."-- Library Journal
"K#65533;ng carefully, sympathetically investigates Freud's interpretations of religion, both within his clinical theories and personal history." -Lisa Mitchell, Los Angeles Times
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c1990.
Edition: Enlarged ed.
ISBN: 9780300047233
Branch Call Number: 150.1952 K96 1990
Characteristics: xiv, 168 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Küng, Hans 1928-


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