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Lander, J. (1956). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXVI, 1955: Psychological Theory and the Belief in God. B. A. Farrell. Pp. 187-204.. Psychoanal Q., 25:614.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXVI, 1955: Psychological Theory and the Belief in God. B. A. Farrell. Pp. 187-204.

(1956). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 25:614

International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXVI, 1955: Psychological Theory and the Belief in God. B. A. Farrell. Pp. 187-204.

Joseph Lander

Can a belief in God be reconciled with freudian theory? The relevant essentials of that theory have to do with the child's picture of itself and its relationship to its parents, their omnipotence, its acquisition of their moral values, its dependence on them, and the dynamics of fixation and regression. Strivings for dependency lead to the search for parent substitutes, which religion provides. Though the belief in God is described in freudian theory as an illusion, Freud and others have pointed out that 'the illusion need not necessarily be false'. The psychological dilemma is: one cannot believe in God if freudian theory is correct, but that theory may be utterly irrelevant to the validity of the belief in God. The author suggests that analysts, psychologists, and others experience this conflict, the sources and ramifications of which he examines in considerable detail. Just as there is no one correct metaphysic, so also there is no one correct way to reconcile freudian theory and the belief in God.

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Lander, J. (1956). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXVI, 1955. Psychoanal. Q., 25:614

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