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PSYCHOANALYSTS AND RELIGION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Gregory was an eminent Freudian who, by way of Rome, late in life discovered God and found he needn't after all give up Sigmund. In this book the rapprochement between the two is revealed, sometimes perceptively, sometimes provocatively. Dr. sympathy for tooth is deep, his synthesis of both- alas- somewhat synthetic. Yet his handling of such difficult material is done with minute care and his own personal coming to grips is all apologists whether of the confessional or the couch will be in his debt. includes these tenets: psycho-analysis is not it is closer to than to Darwin, nor is it deterministic in any sense that the of free will; conversion and communion cannot end the struggle with sin (womb fantasy): ""normality"" is a state that must be sustained to avoid regression, man's moral demands cannot be analyzed away, only the ""morbid"" can; and though Freud regarded religion as a compulsion neurosis illusion, yet he spoke of the reality principle supporting Christianity and had repressed spiritual strivings which were related to his everpresent ""death instinct"". Finally, there's the childhood clincher: when Freud was three he suffered a sudden separation from his beloved Moravian nurse who used to carry him to Mass at ""all the five churches""- thus the reason behind his atheistic declarations. And the summa: as Freud said, man is more immoral and far more moral than he has any idea of, the sense of guilt insuring the sense of salvation and uniting Aquinas with the bearded Viennese. Wobbly at times, but worth watching.

Pub Date: April 24th, 1962
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy