Christ and Freud Hardback

A Study of Religious Experience and Observance

by Arthur Guirdham;

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Christ and Freud

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Originally published in 1959, this book is primarily concerned with the question of psychiatric factors in religion, and, conversely, with that of religious factors in psychiatry. It rejects the Freudian theory that religion is a form of obsessional neurosis. Though this latter hypothesis may explain many of the phenomena of religious observance, it cannot explain the reality of religious experience. Dr Guirdham believes that orthodox Christianity is a perversion of the psychologically irrefutable teaching of Christ and that its conception of God as a supreme being endowed with supreme power, its teaching on the resurrection, and its contamination with a sense of guilt, are especially conducive to psychiatric disorder. He shows how theology may actually be inimical to religious experience and how faith differs from belief and is a response of the whole man. The book explains also the psychological origins of clericalism and demonstrates the role played by the latter in stifling religious experience.

Christ and Freud by Arthur Guirdham was published by Taylor & Francis Ltd in September 2013. The ISBN for Christ and Freud is 9780415717106.

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Details for Christ and Freud

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd (September 2013)
Number of Pages200
Thickness18 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4241409
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