Freud and Faith: Living in the Tension


Explores how religious believers can—and why they should—engage the work of Sigmund Freud, despite his well-known dismissal of faith.
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Explores how religious believers can—and why they should—engage the work of Sigmund Freud, despite his well-known dismissal of faith.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791456545
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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Kirk A. Bingaman is Director of Satellite Offices for the Lloyd Center Pastoral Counseling Service, an Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at San Francisco Theological Seminary, and an ordained Presbyterian minister.

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Table of Contents


Foreword by Diane Jonte-Pace


Different Fields and Disciplines

1. Freud’s Interpretation of Religion

The Defining Moment of Development
Gender Asymmetry
The Need for Religion
Religion’s Primitive Beginnings

2. What Freud Can and Cannot Teach the Religious Believer

The "Text" of Consciousness
The "Text" of Religious Faith
Faith and Personal Transformation
The Limitations of a Freudian Interpretation

3. The Psychical Role of God

The Freud of Object Relations, the Oedipus Complex, and Family Relations
The Freud of Science, Intellect, and Reality
The Importance of Psychical Reality

4. The Relation Between Religious and Gender Psychology

Masculinity and the Reality Principle
Femininity and the Pleasure Principle
Femininity and Religious Faith

5. Beyond Either-Or: Toward a Constructive Reengagement with Freud

Methodological Strategies
Something Resembling Psychical Splitting?





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