It will occasion no surprise that of the nine books here under consideration, all but one represent various attempts at reconciling psychiatry (and psychoanalysis) with religion. And if the number of such volumes appears formidable for one essay in this section, it could easily be multiplied many times during a span of only the past five years.
This trend toward a synthesis between psychiatry and religion is simply one aspect of the "religious revival" in the contemporary scene. Within the domain of organized psychiatry there are open and powerful affirmations of the desirability of such a rapprochement. The editor of one of the books here discussed has been President of the American Psychiatric Association, while another President of the same organization during 1955-1956 devoted his
1 Francis Braceland, Editor, FAITH, REASON AND MODERN PSYCHIATRY, SOURCES FOR A SYNTHESIS. Foreword by John La Farge. New York: P. J. Kenedy and Sons, 1955, xv + 310 pp., $6.00.
Karl Stern, THE THIRD REVOLUTION: A STUDY OF PSYCHIATRY AND RELIGION. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1954, xii + 306 pp., $4.00.
Victor White, GOD AND THE UNCONSCIOUS. Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1953, xxv + 277 pp., $4.00.
William Graham Cole, SEX IN CHRISTIANITY AND PSYCHOANALYSIS. New York: Oxford University Press, 1955, xiv + 330 pp., $4.00.
Simon Noveck, Editor, JUDAISM AND PSYCHIATRY: TWO APPROACHES TO THE PROBLEMS AND NEEDS OF MODERN MAN. New York: The National Academy for Adult Jewish Studies of the United Synagogue of America, 1956, xiii + 198 pp., $2.50.
Agostino Gemelli, PSYCHOANALYSIS TODAY: A CATHOLIC APPROACH. Translated by John Chapin and Salvatore Attanasio. New York: P. J. Kenedy & Sons, 1955, 154 pp., $2.95.
Mortimer Ostow and Ben-Ami Scharfstein. THE NEED TO BELIEVE: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION. New York: International Universities Press, 1954, 162 pp., $3.00.
Wayne E. Oates, RELIGIOUS FACTORS IN MENTAL ILLNESS. New York: Association Press, 1955, xv + 239 pp., $3.50.
Lewis Samuel Feuer, PSYCHOANALYSIS AND ETHICS. Springfield: Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, vi + 134 pp., $4.75.