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Psychoanalysis and Religion in the 21st Century Competitors or Collaborators?

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ISBN-10: 041537944X

ISBN-13: 9780415379441

Edition: 2006

Authors: David M. Black

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Freud described religion as the universal obsessional neurosis, and uncompromisingly rejected it in favor of "science." Ever since, there has been the assumption that psychoanalysts are hostile to religion. Yet, from the beginning, individual analysts have questioned Freud's blanket rejection of religion. br In this book, David Black brings together contributors from a wide range of schools and movements to discuss the issues. They bring a fresh perspective to the subject of religion and psychoanalysis, answering vital questions such as: br - How do religious stories carry (or distort) psychological truth? br - How do religions 'work', psychologically? br - What is the nature of religious…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 5/12/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.26" wide x 9.21" long x 0.87" tall
Weight: 0.902

David M. Black is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytic Society/ Institute of Psychoanalysis and a founder member of the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (WPF). He works in London. He has written and lectured widely on science, religion and consciousness studies and is the editor of Psychoanalysis and Religion in the 21st Century: Competitors or Collaborators? (Routledge, 2006).

Contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction
The possibility of religious truth
Beyond illusion: psychoanalysis and the question of religious truth
'Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's': is there a realm of God in the mind?
The case for a contemplative position
Religious stories that tell psychological truth
Emancipation from the super-ego: a clinical study of the Book of Job
The Christmas story: a psychoanlytic enquiry
The nature and psychological functioning of religious experiences
Ways of transformation
Psychoanalysis and spirituality
Reflections on the phenomenon of adoration in relationships, both human and divine
Preverbal experience and the intuition of the sacred
Religion: the guarantor of civilization
Echoes between psychoanalysis and specific religious traditions
Psychoanalysis and Judaism
The structure of no structure: Winnicott's concept of unintegration and the Buddhist notion of no-self
Vedanta and psychoanalysis
A simple question?
Index