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Shafranske, E.P. (1990). Sigmund Freud and His Critique of Religion by Joachim Scharfenberg translated by O. C. Dean, Jr. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1988, xiv + 161 pp., $18.95. Psa. Books, 1(3):367-373.

(1990). Psychoanalytic Books, 1(3):367-373

Sigmund Freud and His Critique of Religion by Joachim Scharfenberg translated by O. C. Dean, Jr. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1988, xiv + 161 pp., $18.95

Review by:
Edward P. Shafranske, Ph.D.

The current dialogue between psychoanalysis and religion is founded on a checkered history of strained relations and attempts at establishing an intellectual rapprochement. The relationship might be characterized as a cold war in which proponents from each ideological camp are engaged in mutual disregard, suspicion, and, at times, envy, each vying for influence on the cultural body politic. Conciliatory overtures have been made in which specific contributions from one system have been acknowledged by the other as valuable and, through what often appears as liberal interpretation, have been made acceptable for inclusion into their personal Weltanschauung.

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