The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life  -     By: Dr. Armand M. Nicholi Jr.
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The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life

Free Press / 2003 / Paperback

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Based on a course that Nicholi has taught at the Harvard Medical School for over 30 years, this depicts an all-out battle for the soul by two of the 20th century's intellectual giants, who debate such overriding issues as God, love, sex, and the meaning of life from nearly ends of the spectrum. 304 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Free Press
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 074324785X
ISBN-13: 9780743247856
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Throughout the ages, many of the world's greatest thinkers have wrestled with the concept of -- and belief in -- God. It may seem unlikely that any new arguments or insights could be raised, but the twentieth century managed to produce two brilliant men with two diametrically opposed views about the question of God: Sigmund Freud and C. S. Lewis. They never had an actual meeting, but in The Question of God, their arguments are placed side by side for the very first time.
For more than twenty-five years, Armand Nicholi has taught a course at Harvard that compares the philosophical arguments of both men. In The Question of God, Dr. Nicholi presents the writings and letters of Lewis and Freud, allowing them to "speak" for themselves on the subject of belief and disbelief. Both men considered the problem of pain and suffering, the nature of love and sex, and the ultimate meaning of life and death -- and each of them thought carefully about the alternatives to their positions.
The inspiration for the PBS series of the same name, The Question of God does not presuppose which man -- Freud the devout atheist or Lewis the atheist-turned-believer -- is correct in his views. Rather, readers are urged to join Nicholi and his students and decide for themselves which path to follow.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A marvelous new book that showcases the debate over such ultimate questions as God, love and the meaning of life.
Francis Collins National Public Radio The Question of God is provocative and compellingly written.
The Boston Herald Although there's no record of Freud and Lewis actually meeting...Nicholi makes readers wish they had in this earnest and thought-provoking volume.

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    Materialist VS. Spiritualist
    December 10, 2013
    Bruce Booher
    Spokane, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    An excellent book that contrasts the opposing worldviews of two brilliant 20th century men. The take away from this book is that what we believe about our origins directly impacts every aspect of how we live our lives. Sigmund Freud spent his life searching for the very thing his worldview would not allow him to find. C. S. Lewis allowed himself, however reluctantly, to discover that which ultimately filled his life. Materialist vs. spiritualist - life's most important determination.
  2. Birmingham, AL
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very provative reading!
    January 7, 2011
    Chris
    Birmingham, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Have not finished it yet, but it clearly shows each end of the spectrum of secular world view vs. Christian world view. Nothing has changed since they lived - except that the secularists seem to be increasing which should be a warning for us Christians to speak up more for our world view!
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 18, 2009
    Linda Moore
    This is a must read for those wondering about Christianity compared to atheism. C.S. Lewis is on such solid ground in his thoughts and writings. The book was very well written and almost made it seem like Freud and Lewis were in the same room having a conversation. I cameout voting for Lewis. Freud was a very disturbed man in spite of his great research.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 10, 2007
    Ken Winters
    This book, and the accompaning PBS special are extremely well-done. Dr. Nicholi is a deep thinker who is able to communicate the key issues of Lewis' and Freud's lives and belief systems with a very readable book with excellent clarity. It should be required reading for every High School and College Student in the U.S. so they can make an informed decision on this key question.
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