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Placed side by side for the very first time For than twenty five years Armand Nicholi has taught a course at Harvard that compares the philosophical arguments of both men In The uestion of God Dr Nicholi presents the writings and letters of Lewis and Freud allowing them to speak for themselves on the subject of belief and disbelief Both men considered the problem of pain and suffering the nature of love and s. Armand Nicholi Jr is a psychiatrist and professor at Harvard Medical School He is an expert in Freud studies and has done extensive research both on Freud's psychoanalytic method and his life including regular meetings with Freud's students and even his children For years Nicholi taught a class on Freud's worldview But as the years went by he thought that for the class to be effective Freud needed a foil someone who shared some common biography but ultimately embraced a different worldview with different empirical results He chose CS Lewis as Freud's foil and Nicholi's seminar on Freud and Lewis has been one of Harvard's most popular classes The class has spawned a PBS series a play called Freud's Last Session and the book The uestion of God CS Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God Love Sex and the Meaning of LifeThe book begins with a compare and contrast of Freud and Lewis' thoughts on God and morality In perhaps the most interesting chapter Nicholi describes the phenomenon of conversion He describes Freud's initial fascination and ultimate rejection of religion and Lewis' atheism and ultimate conversion to Christianity Nicholi also describes his own clinical research on the phenomenon of conversionThe last part of the book attempts to tease out the effects of embracing one worldview or the other He compares not only the beliefs of Freud and Lewis but also the way it impacted their happiness relationships and ability to cope with suffering and death The uestion of God is a uniue book It was been very well received and indeed has endorsements from a wide variety of sources Ken Burns documentary filmmaker Peter Kreeft philosopher Timothy Johnson Medical Editor ABC News and Ralph Johnson CEO Johnson Johnson Nicholi is a Christian and while he has tremendous affection and respect for Sigmund Freud largely agrees with Lewis That might not be noteworthy in itself But Nicholi goes a step further and argues that as a clinical psychiatrist he believes the worldview espoused by Lewis leads to a greater degree of mental health than the one espoused by Freud He attempts to show this from Freud and Lewis' lives but also from his larger clinical researchI recommend this book highly A fun read a mixture of biography science and philosophy Well worth your time whether you consider yourself an atheist believer or somewhere in between
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The uestion of God CS Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God Love Sex and the Meaning of LifeEx and the ultimate meaning of life and death and each of them thought carefully about the alternatives to their positions The inspiration for the PBS series of the same name The uestion of God does not presuppose which man Freud the devout atheist or Lewis the atheist turned believer is correct in his views Rather readers are urged to join Nicholi and his students and decide for themselves which path to follo. An incredible read This book compares the lives of Lewis and Freud from a fairly psychoanlytic perspective that is how their signficant relationships and upbringing shaped their theology philiosophy and psychology Its clear from reading this book why one chose to believe in God and the other saw it as a form of neurosis This book tackles the important topics of Love Sex Friendship God Pain Death I just re listened to the unabridged audio and its a great book The author is clearly a spiritualist as opposed to a materialist
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READ & DOWNLOAD Å The uestion of God CS Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God Love Sex and the Meaning of Life Î Throughout the ages many of the world's greatest thinkers have wrestled with the concept of and belief in God It may seem unlikely that any new arguments or insightsThroughout the ages many of the world's greatest thinkers have wrestled with the concept of and belief in God It may seem unlikely that any new arguments or insights could be raised but the twentieth century managed to produce two brilliant men with two diametrically opposed views about the uestion of God Sigmund Freud and C S Lewis They never had an actual meeting but in The uestion of God their arguments are. A good premise but a flawed execution Worth reading if you have an interest in one of the men but I wouldn't hold this up as a prime example of scholarshipNicholi never uite gets into his groove when he discusses these two men Sometimes he switches back and forth between them with each paragraph and sometimes he devotes whole long sections to one man before ending it and moving on to another long section for the next He constantly throws in uotes but never really addresses evaluates or analyzes them enough for the reader he should be using uotes to get a sense for who the man is pointing out uniue characteristics distinctions in personality inconsistencies in worldview but so often he leaves the uote hanging there and moves on to another ideaThere were also key points in Lewis's life that he got wrong or ignored Nicholi refers to The Screwtape Letters as an address at a dinner for young devils in training but this is not the format for The Screwtape Letters The Screwtape Letters are letters from one demon to another over a long period of time It's Screwtape Proposes a Toast that is formatted as an address at a dinner which is section of prose Lewis added as an addendum to the book publication 15 years later Nicholi also never addresses Lewis's relationship with Mrs Moore at all which is often claimed to have been romantic in his section on sex and loveAnd for being a debate this discussion seems a little off kilter On the one hand you have a late 19th century scientist writing in the medical field and on the other hand an early 20th century classicistapologist writing about literature and philosophy It's clear who Nicholi favors in this comparison and if I were an atheist I think I would be very annoyed by how shallow he takes some of Freud's points There's a reason these two men never met or talked and often this debate felt contrived forced and unevenOften Nicholi lapses into purely biographical information for these authors in his debate something necessary only to a certain degree in a comparative book like this Throwing out facts and uotes from a person's life doesn't make for a good debate unless you are actually going to contrast and juxtapose the two points of view So often he throws out useless uestions but this is not a classroom where students need to think about these issues to study for a test this is a scholarly researched analytical book that should be doing the thinking for the reader So often I winced at formulaic uestions like So what was Freud's views on topic A or Can the answer to Freud's views on this be seen in his life and writings or So is love really only about sex the last one is actually on page 162Sometimes he even throws in his own perspective with a few I did this statements and two sentences later he's uoting Freud saying I think this with barely any transition It's disorienting for the reader to be tossed around so much Nicholi even is so self inflated as to put in a I have often wondered why about the fact that Anna Freud never married Why don't you actually analyze why you think she never married instead of commenting that you're curious Nicholi needed an editor to chop stuff out and heavily rearrange his ideas And make him write Good topics about good authors but this guy's definitely no Alister E McGrath