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Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

“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)

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Excellent rivals!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have already recommended this audiobook to friends as I was listening to it, it is a real thinker.

What other book might you compare The Question of God to and why?

There is no comparison. Most books of this sort are unevenly matched but this one is perfect.

What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?

Whitfield speaks as though he is the author not a performer. It makes all the difference!

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

I was surprised to find out that CS Lewis was a fan of Freud's before his conversion.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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In the end one view stands clearly above...

In the end one view stands clearly above the other. Which view would you prefer?

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Insightful

Honestly, I was only familiar with C.S Lewis because of the lion, the witch and the wardrobe. I knew Sigmund Freud loosely just being in sociology/psychology classes. I found it to be a great thinking/discussion piece. For you and your honest/open minded friends. I'll definitely reread and just let it marinate on the brain.

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Narrator did an excellent job.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Question of God to be better than the print version?

About the same.

What other book might you compare The Question of God to and why?

Any book that seeks to reconcile faith in God with the modern academic discipline of science.

What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?

He did an excellent job of reading: not too plummy but not to austere for such a thought-provoking topic. He struck an excellent balance.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Question of God: The question that means nothing and everything!

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Love this book

great book. great reading. I really enjoyed listening to it. The reading was very clear and I like the speed of reading.

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More than expected

This book needed to be written. No where else would you find a contrast of Freud and Lewis, peppered with significant events in their respective biographies.

I was more than pleasantly surprised. A must read!

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An eye opener

Makes the listener realize how fragile we, humans, are regardless if we believe in god or not and suffering is our destiny!

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Insightfully educational

Well articulated point highlighting each renowned intellectual's view. The narrator's performance was splendid as well. This is a great tool to have at ones disposal.

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Excellent story idea and information

It was a great book but just a little over my head at times. To really understand issues, it is important to hear two different opinions and this book was able to do just that.

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  • Keith
  • Brooklyn, NY, United States
  • 12-26-10

A Question of "Who is More Likable?"

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.

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