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The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex and the Meaning of Life

Dr. Armand Nicholi, Jr.

(paperback),295 pp., 2002

Item# B058
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Dr. Armand Nicholi, Jr. is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital. He has researched, compared, and contrasted the views of Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis for over twenty-five years in his immensely popular classes. Now this lively debate, previously available only to Harvard students, is available to the rest of us in this new book.

The heart of the origins debate boils down to a battle of worldviews; the theist vs. the atheist. Armand selects two worthy representatives from the 20th century and examines how they formed their views and how their worldviews ultimately affected their writings, their careers and their lives.

Armand states in the preface "Whether we realize is or not, all of us possess a worldview. A few years after birth, we all gradually formulate our philosophy of life. Most of us make one of two basic assumptions: we view the universe as a result of random events and life on this planet a matter of chance; or we assume an Intelligence beyond the universe who gives the universe order, and life meaning. Our worldview informs our personal, social, and political lives...tells more about us perhaps than any other aspect of our personal history."

If you are ready to take a break from debating stars, rocks, bones, and cells and look at the larger implications of your worldview (and have them challenged from an opposing viewpoint) then this is the book for you.

From the book cover:

"Some books are fair, scholarly, and objective. Others are challenging, arresting, and subjectively moving. When a book is both, it is unforgettable. Such is The Question of God. We are caught, plunged into both Freud's and Lewis's lives, honestly, deeply, with both head and heart. It is as exciting as a novel, and we must supply the ending."

- Peter Kreeft, Author

Table of Contents:

Part One: What Should We Believe?

1. The Protagonists: The Lives of Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis
2. The Creator: Is There an Intelligence Beyond the Universe?
3. Conscience: Is There a Universal Moral Law?
4. The Great Transition: Which Road to Reality?

Part Two: How Should We Live?

5. Happiness: What is the Source of Our Greatest Enjoyment in Life?
6. Sex: Is the Pursuit of Pleasure Our Only Purpose?
7. Love: Is All Love Sublimated Sex?
8. Pain: How Can We Resolve the Problem of Suffering?
9. Death: Is Death our Only Destiny?


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