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Grollman, R.A. (1963). Some Sights and Insights of History, Psychology and Psychoanalysis Concerning. The Father-God and Mother-Goddess Concepts of Judaism and Christianity. Am. Imago, 20(2):187-209.

(1963). American Imago, 20(2):187-209

Some Sights and Insights of History, Psychology and Psychoanalysis Concerning. The Father-God and Mother-Goddess Concepts of Judaism and Christianity

Rabbi Earl A. Grollman

Thesis: Psychoanalysis and the Father-God

Sigmund Freud in his volume, Totem and Taboo, postulated the existence of a “primal-father” as the prototype of God. (18) In childhood, the concept of the father has the character of “otherness” of externality, just as God is described as remote and transcendent. The infant believes the father is all powerful and as a small boy boasts of the father's prowess. The father is strong and can protect in case of danger - the great hero to be admired and imitated - the acme of perfection. He is the source of authority as well. In projecting the idea of his father, he arrives at an idea of God. (29) “Whom the Lord loveth He correcteth as the father the son.” (Proverbs 3:2) Thus the correlation between God and father. God becomes the Father in heaven with the omnipotence of the earthly father. (21) Thus Freud continued in the Future of An Illusion that the child creates a concept of God Whom he fears and tries to propitiate, but nevertheless entrusts with his welfare to exorcise the terrors of nature, to reconcile man to the cruelty of fate, and to make amends for painful restraints that communal life imposes.

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