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Freud and the problem of God (The Terry lectures ; 41st v) Hardcover – 1979


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  • Series: The Terry lectures ; 41st v
  • Hardcover: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition edition (1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300023502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300023503
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,182,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Igor Biryukov on June 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
Hans Kung, a Catholic theologian, pays a tribute to Freud and his groundbreaking discoveries, such as theories of libido and human unconscious. But he questions the popular view that Freud was an atheist and did not have a place for religious ideas in the scientific movement that he originated - psychoanalysis. He fights Freud's views of religion as a complex that needs to be treated. Moreover, he argues that although Freud seems outwardly an atheist, but nevertheless his negative experiences with religion, however much they discredit for him Christianity, need not have shaken Freud's Jewish faith in God. This is good and balanced work. A must read for everyone interested in Freudian psychoanalysis, Jungian psychology and spirituality.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 2000
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I mean by 'three star' not its content, but design. Anyone considering to buy this book (esp. looking over catalog by online or offline) should note that this does not contain any new contents in comparable with 'Does God Exist?'(1978) Part C-3, which is practically identical with the main body. What's new in material is only his speech "Religion: Final Taboo?" delivered on the occasion of the acceptance of 'the Osacr Pfister Prize'(1986: = pp.123-161 in this volume - less than 40 pages!), which is very doubtful if there is any significant change of viewpoint on the subject in it. I strongly urge you should avoid this book if you already have 'Does God Exist?' except you want to collect the author's archives as many as possible. Of Course, *Good choice* to those who are interested only in the subject of 'Freud's view of religion' and its criticism from Christianity itself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Smith on July 31, 2009
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This is one of the most thought provoking books I've read in a long time. Kung addresses the historical and current rift between psychiatry, psychoanalysis in particular, and theology. He takes pundits in each camp on and challenges each to reflect on some fundamental assumptions that are out-dated.

My one "yes but" has to do with the possibility that even his well framed arguments are a bit out of date in that the book was published before the dot com explosion of the internet. I don't recall any specific reference to Eastern spiritual traditions that are now more commonly understood in the West.
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By Ben Cunningham on July 4, 2014
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Kung's books, including this one, always excellent
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