An enlarged edition of a book first published in English by Doubleday in 1979. Kung offers a theological and psychoanalytic assessment of Freud's atheism and of its implications for current psychoanalytic practice, contending that Freud's arguments against the existence of God are theologically unsound.
Noted theologian Kung focuses his attention on the question of Freud's atheism. He traces Freud's views on religion, contrasts them with the views of Jung and Adler, and demonstrates, finally, that Freud's arguments against the existence of God are theologically unsound. Nonetheless, his is an essentially sympathetic treatment of the psychoanalytic project. Translated by Edward Quinn. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)