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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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Bibliography Works by Fromm Unpublished (All at the Erich Fromm Archives in Tiibingen. If nothing else is stated the language of the unpublished works is English) Appeal for Cooperation between Jews and Arabs (different versions) 1948 (manuscripts, German translation in Fromm: Ethik und Politik, 228-235) Letter to Ernst Strauss 13.4 1948 "Mental Health in Contemporary Society" Lecture held 6.1 1953 at Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnate (cassette tape) Letter to D.T. Suzuki 18.10 1956 "Beyond Egotistical Religion" Lecture in 1957 sponsored by the First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia (transcript) Letter to Dean James A. Pike 13.6 1957 Letter to Ernst Simon 24.6 1957 Letter to Norman Thomas 18.7 1957 Letter to Dean James A. Pike 23.10 1957 Letter to Thomas Merton 3 .11 1960 Letter to Thomas Merton 9 .I 0 1961 Letter to Thomas Merton 30.1 1962 Letter to Thomas Merton 10.9 1963 Letter to D.T. Suzuki 14.12 1963 167 Letter to T.E. Rabinkow-Rothbard 9.7 1964 (German) Letter to Thomas Merton 7.2 1966 "The Renaissance of Humanist Socialism" Lecture held in 1966 (transcript) "Responsibility, Duty and Independence" Lecture held 17.5 1966 (transcript) "Doubts and Certainties" Oliver Hunkin talks to Dr. Erich Fromm. TV-Interview by BBC. Sent 29.8 1968 (video tape) "The Myth of the Paradise" Lecture held in New York City in 1970 (tape) Letter to Leo Jung 7.10 1970 Letter to Nyanaponika Mahathera 8.9 1972 Letter to Leo Jung 18.10 1972 Letter to Nyanaponika Mahathera 4.12 1972 Letter to Ernst Simon 21.7 1973 Letter to Karl...

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