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Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life Paperback – August 7, 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 Question of God by Armand Nicholi - Throughout the ages, many of the world's greatest thinkers have wrestled with the concept of -- and belief in -- God. It. apt enough when considered in the light of Dr. Armand Nicholi 's new book television broadcast The Question of God: C S Lewis and Sigmund Freud.1 Nicholi.
A fun read: Especially as I' Well, I guess I wouldn't say to avoid it. God, morality, pain, sex, and death. Get A Copy. Freud could no more have chosen to believe than Lewis could have chosen unbelief. While I found this helpful and a lovely idea, I was still painfully aware of certain facts and criticisms of biblical history that either he or Nicholi omit.
As a Christian I'm not bothered by that particularly but I do worry that the author is a little too general as he describes each man. Freud is a little too selfish and miserable and Lewis is a little too cheerful and well adjusted so that both almost become idealized versions of the angry atheist and the cheerful mystic.
Having read about Freud and Lewis beyond this book I know that these sorts of labels are not entirely accurate and they only serve to gloss over the complex humanity and the complex message of both of these men. Had this book been an actual debate where perhaps the author was a little more neutral in his examination of both lives I may have given it more stars. Mar 18, Jeff rated it really liked it. The author is a practicing psychiatrist. The subject matter derives from a Harvard course he taught for twenty five years.
The book deals with all the great questions: God, morality, pain, sex, and death. It explores them through the life and writings of two great men who were roughly contemporary: Sigmund Freud and C S Lewis. It forms, therefore, a marvelous intersection of psychology, biography, and philosophy, conducted by a highly capable and interesting guide. To be highly recommended to al The author is a practicing psychiatrist.
To be highly recommended to almost anyone. Perhaps this is inevitable. Freud, the atheist, is unhappy, self-contradictory, petulant, petty, and spurious of argument.
Lewis, the atheist-turned-Christian, is joyous, perceptive, logical, warm, and wise. This may be the historical fact of the matter, but it reveals a shift in advertising. Another fault: Their experiences and life changes through their conversions provide Lewis with additional support and agreement. The evidence is useful and interesting, but again feels like a bait-and-switch: Despite these faults, this remains a delightful and edifying read for a broad range of people: Apr 14, Nathan Schneider rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was an enjoyable and enlightening read.
Nicholi, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard and a frequent instructor on both men, shows the magnitude of both geniuses' impact in their respective fields. Both experienced similar childhoods and leaned into atheism, before Lewis' conversion to Christianity. He tied happiness to sexual practice, but was not out of sync with accepted sexual morality, apparently faithful to his wife and taught sexual restraint to his children.
He didn't believe in the existence of God, but was fascinated by the devil. Considered belief in God a weakness, but had his own struggle with depression and was superstitious about his own death. In the end, many of his ideas are helpful and he's considered a "giant" for a reason. It seems that he missed the mark of theism and actually fought his will to believe, saying in college: Apr 01, Rick rated it really liked it Shelves: A couple of years ago I went to a play called "Freud's Last Session".
Whether or not these great thinkers actually had such an encounter is unknown, but it's an excellent play, very thought-provoking. So when I saw this book on the bookstore shelf I knew I had to have it.
It's quite good. It was almost like the play in that there A couple of years ago I went to a play called "Freud's Last Session". It was almost like the play in that there was give-and-take from page to page. Feb 21, Emma Secton rated it really liked it. May 12, Clint rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a really good book, despite the author.
If it weren't for the author, I'd have given in 5 stars, because both Freud and Lewis are such interesting people, or at least wrote interesting things. But my god, this writer was so There should not be debates between atheists and Christians.
Christianity is too specific. There should only be arguments between atheists and theists. The details of theist should be left for later. CS Lewis is of course well known for bein This was a really good book, despite the author. CS Lewis is of course well known for being a Christian polemical writer, but why Freud to represent atheism?
He was an atheist, that's true, but, you know, Stephen King is an American, and writes a lot about America, but why would we choose him specifically to represent America in a debate about which country is right, America or Country X? One could go so far as to say Freud's atheism was a defining characteristic, but so is Stephen King's being American. It's just not the main things the two are known for. If Nicholi were trying to rally give an open, even, fair presentation of both men's points of views, he failed hysterically.
He is so in favor of Lewis it's astonishing that he'd even write the book and present it the way he did. He's constantly pointing out where Freud was "wrong" mainly because Freud wasn't happy and where Lewis was "right" because Lewis was happy. Dude, that's like saying Justin Bieber's life philosophy is better than, I don't know, Sartre's, because he's a happier person. CS Lewis was not an atheist, ever, I don't believe it.
His "atheism" is too romantic, too Byronic, too "if there WAS a god, then why do bad things happen, huh? The funniest part is when Lewis says something like Freud was a great thinking when it came to psychology, but when it came to religion, something Lewis knows a lot about, he was foolish.
What's so funny about this is that fact that Lewis himself is one of the clumsiest logicians that publishers bother putting in print. His stepping from point A to B to C is so ridiculous and full of holes, I've thought this about him since I was a teenager and haven't changed my mind. It's like, "When I was an atheist I felt like there should be a better world, but how could I desire a better world if a better world didn't exist?
Therefore, there is a better world after this one. On the other hand, Lewis is a fantastic writer, and his power over metaphors and similes is practically unmatched anywhere else in English, or at least that I know of. But this only makes him extremely interesting and a pleasure to read, not correct in his half-assed metaphysics. Freud, I don't know what to say about him. I liked him a lot more after reading this book that I did before, he's way more, I don't know, "human" than I'd thought he was.
At the same time, however, he's kind of like Lewis in that he's an insanely gifted stylist but a lousy logician. The difference between the two, though, in that latter aspect, is that Freud didn't make his life's work center around the question of God, he stuck primarily to what he was good at, that is, psychology; Lewis, on the other hand, made the question of God almost the whole of his entire life, yet seemed to lack the most fundamental skills for arguing his points.
He should have written more Narnia books. Apr 23, Lee Harmon rated it really liked it. A great book. I hated it. This isn't really a "debate;" it's a biography of three men: Nicholi does a great job of portraying both Lewis and Freud, perhaps two of the greatest minds of the last century.
Could any two men have needed religion more than Freud and Lewis? Both experienced suffering, as do we all.
Freud was a noted atheist his entire life, yet the question of God continued to preoccupy him. Lewis was an atheist for the A great book. Lewis was an atheist for the first third of his life, and writes "I was very angry with God for not existing. I was also equally angry with Him for creating a world One died contented, the other remained forever trapped in misery, powerless to do anything about a world view that offered little hope of happiness, longing for death yet greatly fearful of it.
Freud finally chose to end his life by morphine injection. Lewis' conversion brought inner quietness and tranquility. The book's author, Dr. Nicholi, is apparently a Christian; subtle hints throughout the book make clear his approval of Lewis' conversion to Christianity. Yet, whether Nicholi grasps this or not, his is not a book about choosing belief or unbelief. Freud and Lewis were both well-versed in the Bible. Freud could no more have chosen to believe than Lewis could have chosen unbelief.
Experience, disposition, and impeccable logic developed the world view of both men. As many of you know, I am a "liberal Christian;" I can no longer take the stories and promises of the Bible literally. By the end of Nicholi's book, I had no idea whether to rail at God for the unfairness of life or sneer at Lewis for succumbing to a fairy tale so as to distract himself from life's suffering.
One thing is clear: Lewis was happy. Aug 30, Joe rated it it was amazing Shelves: As wonderful a book as I've read in some time. The author, Nicholi, walks a narrow, but fair path between both Lewis's and Freud's divergent philosophies on God and spirituality. As someone who has never read anything written by either Freud, OR Lewis, I found this book to be an amazing insight into their psyches as they grew and developed into adults, and grew to either embrace or grow disgusted with the world.
Where Lewis sees a positivity and a goodness to await, Freud sees only the negative, As wonderful a book as I've read in some time. Where Lewis sees a positivity and a goodness to await, Freud sees only the negative, and horrors or sadness to await. Lewis, who in mid-life, rejected his former atheistic beliefs, became a man reborn.
In rejecting the idea of nothingness, and the claim that there is no God, saw his entire life changed. He became more aware of his own feelings and inner-criticism, and reacted differently to it. Freud, who is shown as an atheist a reluctant one at that , always seemed to see negative outcomes, and expected negative reactions when faced with difficult situations. Freud found himself become pre-occupied with death, while only in his early 40s.
Freud also seems to have set up excuses for failing relationships and conveniently found religion to be one of the easiest excuses to use he frequently blamed antisemitism and the Catholic Church for falling outs with other psychologists and acquaintances. A most interesting book. The Question of God is a fascinating book. I heard it is an audiobook. I listen to audiobooks as an interesting diversion during my commute to work and I found this book to fit the bill perfectly.
It is narrated wonderfully by Robert Whitfield. Fans of Freud have complained about the book because they think that Lewis comes out of these debates much stronger than Freud. I agree. But, I do not think Freud was disparaged or misrepresented in these "debates. Both men speak for themselves with Nicholi adding releveant supporting information with occasional discussion of his own research.
The arguments flow naturally and I cannot recall a time when the discussion seemed forced. Lots of biographical material is included as well. The reader or, in my case, the listener does not need to be an expert on either Lewis or Freud to enjoy the experience. The audio version lasts about 8 hours. See all of my reviews related to C. Lewis here: Feb 21, Kevin rated it really liked it. A fantastic, if somewhat academic, look into a couple of the most influential minds of the 20th Century.
This book is essentially a post-humus debate about religion, the existence of God, and the relevance of God in our lives with respect to morals, death, sex, etc.
Lewis or Sigmund Freud. I would also recommend it to anyone who has struggled with this debate themselves i. As I said, it is a bit academic, but the significance of the subject matter should more than offset any boredom derived from the fact that it is not a gripping novel. Well, I guess I wouldn't say to avoid it. But it's not actually a book: And the prose is not very smooth prose or well organized, which is annoying.
Basically it's a substitute for thinking about the ideas of Lewis and Freud on your own; but since most of us don't have good enough memories or enough time to read all or even most of the works of those two thinkers and compare their works, it's very handy. Especially as I' Well, I guess I wouldn't say to avoid it.
Very handy. Nov 09, Laura rated it really liked it. Thank you, Emily, for finding this gem! Appreciate even more, your excellent review of it. I found it interesting to read about the personal lives of both of these giants of the 20th century. I agree with you that Lewis obviously came through his experiences with life and with God in way better shape than Freud did.
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