Renowned psychiatrist and educator Armand Nicholi here presents a fascinating comparison of the beliefs of Sigmund Freud and C. S. Lewis.
For all the variety of specific religious beliefs, there are fundamentally only two kinds of people: believers and nonbelievers. In the 20th century, no spokesman was more prominent for nonbelief than Sigmund Freud, and no one argued for belief more successfully than C. S. Lewis. From pain and suffering to love and sex, from God to morality, Lewis and Freud carefully argued opposing positions and even considered the chief objections to their positions.
Based on Nicholi’s years of studying both men, including wide access to Freud’s letters, this debate on the greatest of subjects strikes at the deepest chords in our souls.
©2002 Armand Nicholi (P)2002 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Robert Whitfield’s reading is both warm and authoritative; his engaging style is reminiscent of a favorite professor’s class lecture. Highly recommended.” (Library Journal)
“With his sophisticated, urbane voice, Robert Whitfield sounds like a faculty member at an Ivy League institution, which is exactly what the author of this work is….Nicholi covers much difficult material, and Whitfield presents in a lively, enjoyable manner.” (AudioFile)
I have already recommended this audiobook to friends as I was listening to it, it is a real thinker.
There is no comparison. Most books of this sort are unevenly matched but this one is perfect.
Whitfield speaks as though he is the author not a performer. It makes all the difference!
I was surprised to find out that CS Lewis was a fan of Freud's before his conversion.
Maybe the title is somewhat misleading as I think it set my expectations for something slightly different. The subtitle is more accurate.
Much of the book was a just a comparison of the way they lived their lives: which had very little to do with whether god exists or not. Lewis, was a more likable guy.... so? He believed in a god, a plan, eternal life.... it made him happy to do so: it eased his anxieties, made him feel like he had a purpose.
The effect is profound, but it has nothing to do with the existence of any gods.
Still, it was an interesting comparison of the two. Very slanted towards portraying Lewis in a positive light after his conversion. Nicholi continually analyzed Freud's rationale - but never Lewis. This was frustrating in contrast to the critique of Freud, because there are many instances where Lewis' actions should be critiqued and underlying motives dissected. Lewis was also severel depressed (more than Freud?), before his conversion..did god magically alter his brain chemistry? The depression just disappeared.... What were his sub-conscious motives for converting? The author never discussed though seemingly apparent.
I enjoyed it, but I wished it went one level deeper with its analysis of actions and motives and wasnt so pro-Lewis.
I struggled in the sixties to get a college education, barely graduated, spent a life in the phone company as a technician in a call center.
The author starts by saying he is comparing C.S.Lewis with Sigmund Freud. He quotes Freud's letters and finds all of his human faults, and says that proves Freud was wrong about his views of God. I have read Freud's books, not his letters, and find his books inspiring of further study in psychology and very descriptive of the processes of the mind and thought, which it was Freud's intent to do. I thought this author's descriptions of Freud extremely irrational and prejudiced. I would not buy or read this book, but, instead, buy and read Freud's books about psychoanalysis and other things, following your curiousity thru all of Freud's books. They are awesome. This author of "The Question of God" is not.
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