Show Less

Fight Against Idols

Erich Fromm on Religion, Judaism and the Bible

Svante Lundgren

Erich Fromm (1900-80) was a famous psychoanalyst, social critic and author of bestsellers like Escape from Freedom and The Art of Loving. But he was also very interested in religion. Having been brought up as an orthodox Jew he abandoned institutionalized religion as a young man. But he was influenced for life by the Talmudic studies of his childhood. Later in life he met and was enriched by Buddhism and mysticism. In this book the author analyzes what Fromm thought about religion, how he expressed his ambiguous feelings about Judaism, and his radical interpretation of the Bible. This is a book about a fascinating man with views that challenge both believers and atheists.

Prices

Show Summary Details
Restricted access

Contents

Extract

1. Introduction 11 1.1. The aim and structure of the study 12 1.2. Material and method 13 1.3. Review of research 14 2. View of Religion 17 2.1. What is religion? 17 2.1.1. Progressive and regressive religions 19 2.1.2. Authoritarian and humanistic religions 21 2 .1.3. The reality beyond the religions 24 2 .1.4. Religion in contemporary society 26 2.2. The religious experience 28 2.3. Buddhism 30 2.4. Transcendental Meditation 38 2.5. Scientology 40 2. 6. Christianity 41 2. 6 .1. Early Christianity 41 2.6.2. Thomas Aquinas 47 2.6.3. The Reformation 49 2.6.4. Contemporary Christianity 57 2.7. Mysticism 64 2.7.1. What is mysticism? 64 2.7.2. Islamic mysticism 65 2.7.3. Meister Eckhart 67 2. 7. 4. Thomas Merton 71 2.8. Conclusions 73 3. Fromm and Judaism 77 3 .1. Biographical background 77 3.2. The Jewish Law: dissertation of 1922 82 3.2.1. The Karaites 84 3.2.2. Reform Judaism 85 3.2.3. Hasidism 88 3.3. The Torah and the Talmud 92 3.4. Fromm's Jewish mentors 95 3.4 .1. Maimonides 95 3.4.2. Spinoza 98 3.4.3. Hermann Cohen 101 9 3.4.4. Martin Buber 3.5. Jewish mysticism 3.6. Zionism and the State oflsrael 3. 7. Anti-Semitism 3.8. The Judaism of Erich Fromm 4. Fromm and the Bible 4.1. View ofthe Bible 4.2. Creation 4.3. The "Fall" 4 .4. The divine name 4.5. The history oflsrael 4.6. The prophets 4.6.1. Idolatry 4.6.2. The messianic age 4. 7. The Psalms 4.8. Comments on the New Testament 4.9. Conclusions 5. From idolatry to life Abbreviations Bibliography Index of names 10...

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.

Do you have any questions? Contact us.

Or login to access all content.