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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Belief after Freud

I just got this in the mail, and I'm simultaneously excited and worried. It's written by a Spanish Jesuit who has both theological and psychoanalytic training and practice, and has gone through multiple editions in Spain before finally appearing just this week in English in North America. I am myself at work on a similar book, so I'll have to see if he's stolen my thunder, as it were, or if there's room for my book which looks to take a similar approach. In the meantime, I commend to your interest, and will presently have more to say about:

Carlos Dominguez-Morano, Belief after Freud: Religious Faith through the Crucible of Psychoanalysis, trans. Franciso Javier Montero (Routledge, 2018), 278pp.

About this book the publisher tells us the following:
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.

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