The Question of God

The Question of God

C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life

Book - 2003
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For all the variety of specific religious beliefs, there are fundamentally only two kinds of people: believers and non-believers. In the 20th century, no spokesman was more prominent for non-belief than Sigmund Freud, and nobody argued for belief more successfully than C.S. Lewis. Indeed, their arguments are remarkably parallel, and equally wide-ranging. From pain and suffering to love and sex, from God to morality, Lewis and Freud carefully argued opposing positions. After years of studying both men, and teaching a popular course at Harvard comparing the two, renowned psychiatrist and educator Armand Nicholi has gone public. Nicholi is a guide to the Great Debate, letting each man speak clearly and concisely. Drawing on published and unpublished sources, including wide access to Freud's letters, Nicholi offers a gem of a book that strikes at the deepest chords in our souls.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Free Press, 2003, c2002.
Edition: 1st Free Press trade pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9780743247856
Characteristics: 295 p.


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Apr 22, 2012

Dr. Nicholi compares Freud, who made many mistakes in his long, eventful lifetime, to Lewis, who apparently never altered his opinions, from his mid-20s until the day he died. This book is presented as an impartial debate, but is in fact a sustained attack on atheism in general, and Freud in particular. Dr. Nicholi's thesis is that the truth of a theory can be proved by the success of the theorist's personal life. As far as I can tell, he defines "success" as "consistency". Sir Isaac Newton, for example, had a bizarre personal life, influenced by astrology and extreme Christian belief. Does this contradiction disprove the Theory of Gravity?

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