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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.


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Abbreviations ASR BBC CBQ Cont Psycha EvK GA HUC JCS JIR JPT MEW NYT NYTBR NZSThR Past Psych RUO SA SSI sz ThWAT TRE WuD ZSF American Sociological Review Brittish Broadcasting Company Catholic Biblical Quarterly Contemporary Psychoanalysis Evangelische Kommentare Erich Fromm: Gesamtausgabe Hebrew Union College Journal of Church and State Jewish Institute of Religion Journal ofPsychology and Theology Marx-Engels: Werke New York Times The New York Times Book Review Neue Zeitschrift fur systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie Pastoral Psychology Revue de l'Universite Ottawa Scientific American Social Science Information Stimmen der Zeit Theologisches Worterbuch zum Alten Testament Theologische Realenzyklopadie Wort und Dienst Zeitschrift fur Sozialforschung 165 This page intentionally left blank

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