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Tausend, H. (1951). Psychiatry. XIII, 1950: The Symbol of a New Religion. Margaret Lantis. Pp. 101–113.. Psychoanal Q., 20:494-495.
   
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Psychiatry. XIII, 1950: The Symbol of a New Religion. Margaret Lantis. Pp. 101–113.

(1951). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 20:494-495

Psychiatry. XIII, 1950: The Symbol of a New Religion. Margaret Lantis. Pp. 101–113.

Helen Tausend

The majority of people require some religious orientation yet are dissatisfied with institutional religion as it exists. Lantis therefore looks for a probable successor to the present theology or symbol system.

Problems of natural forces have been turned over to technology, science, and politics, while problems of social relationship are the greater concern of religion today. Man's hope lies in human organization and a religion founded on it.

The dominant symbols in Judaism and Christianity came from the family configuration, but the family's position is changed and family figures no longer have the power formerly attributed to them. Science has not provided a symbol adequate as a substitute. The need for a new type of achieved, noncompetitive relationship and for the symbol of such relationship—a symbol not only of responsibility but also of one's simple enjoyment of others and of being enjoyed—is very great. To develop such a new symbol system there must be two or more persons who dramatize friendship, or whatever relationship can satisfy the need, in an ultimate degree. At the crucial moment there must be disciples,

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the weakening of the old symbols must be demonstrated, and there must be no other new symbols strong enough to compete.

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Article Citation

Tausend, H. (1951). Psychiatry. XIII, 1950. Psychoanal. Q., 20:494-495

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