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Belief after Freud
Religious Faith through the Crucible of Psychoanalysis

ISBN 9781782206439
Published June 8, 2018 by Routledge
278 Pages

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Book Description

Belief after Freud confronts the psychoanalytic experience and the experience of faith. A purified vision of faith, so many times disfigured by infantile or neurotic dynamics, can emerge through the crucible of psychoanalysis. The work contributes to the dialogue between psychoanalysis and faith, based on the respective lived experiences, rather than from theoretical positions only. The book is divided into three parts:

  • Part I centres on Freud’s position on religion. After an introductory chapter assessing Freud’s present validity, the following chapters critically examine Freud’s position and interpretation of religion.
  • Part II examines how people of faith experience psychoanalysis, including the role played by unconscious feelings of guilt, and the ideas of sin and salvation.
  • Part III explores ideas of sexuality, power, and obedience, including the unconscious and pathological roots of the relation with money, and the sense of evangelical poverty.

Now in its fifth edition in Spain, Belief after Freud has also been published in Argentina and Brazil. Many readers say the book has opened a new form of belief for them. The book has also been of great interest to non-believing psychologists.

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS -- ABOUT THE AUTHOR -- PREFACE -- INTRODUCTION -- CHAPTER ONE -- The validity of Freud -- PART I: THE FREUDIAN INTERPRETATION OF RELIGION -- CHAPTER TWO -- Religion and neurosis -- CHAPTER THREE -- Religion, dream, and delirium -- CHAPTER FOUR -- Faith challenged -- CHAPTER FIVE -- Prayer after Freud -- CHAPTER SIX -- The God of the child and the God of Jesus -- CHAPTER SEVEN -- Guilt and salvation -- PART III: SEX, POWER, AND MONEY -- CHAPTER EIGHT -- The bonds of flesh -- CHAPTER NINE -- Do not call anyone father -- CHAPTER TEN -- No one can serve two masters -- EPILOGUE -- REFERENCES -- INDEX.

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Carlos Domínguez-Morano (Huelva, Spain, 1946) is a Doctor in Theology and Sciences of Education and a Licentiate in Psychology. His psychoanalytic training took place in Paris and Madrid. He is Professor of Psychology of Religion and he works as a psychotherapist and trainer of psychologists and psychiatrists. He has served as President of the International Association for Medical-Psychological and Religious Studies. He is a Catholic Jesuit priest. His publications revolve around the relations between psychoanalysis and the Christian experience, affectivity, and interpersonal relations.