Renowned psychiatrist and educator Armand Nicholi presents a fascinating comparison of the beliefs of Sigmund Freud and C. S. Lewis. For all the variety of specific religious beliefs, there are fundamentally only two kinds of people: believers and nonbelievers. In the 20th century, no spokesman was more prominent for nonbelief than Sigmund Freud, and nobody argued for belief more successfully than C.S. Lewis. From pain and suffering to love and sex, from God to morality, Lewis and Freud carefully argued opposing positions and even considered the chief objections to their positions. Based on years of studying both men, including wide access to Freud's letters, and teaching a popular course at Harvard comparing the two, this debate on the greatest of subjects strikes at the deepest chords in our souls.
- very good and insightful
I was amazed by the TV program this book inspired, so I looked for the audiobook in vain until I found it here: very good and recommended even for those who are not especially religious, like me.
- Well worth it. Clear and informative.
This book is an insightful and revealing comparison of both the teaching and the lives of Lewis and Freud. Both men began their life as atheists but Lewis was converted in his early thirties and profoundly changed. Freud remained an atheist, but there appear to have been numerous inconsistencies in his outlook and understanding. He did not live well - certainly if the fruit of each man's world view is seen in their life, the choice of which world view bore the better fruit is fairly clear.
The book is read with Robert Whitfield's usual excellence.