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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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Index of names Aaron 133 Abraham 90, 130, 131 Adam 124-128, 143, 156 Adams, James Luther 60, 76, !53, 169 Adorno, Theodor 81 Agnon, Samuel Josef 78 Ahad Ha'am 118 Ahren, Yizhak 142, 177 Akiba 110, 153 Albright, W.F. 154, 177 Allport, Gordon 43, 63, 81, 178 Altizer, ThJ.J 59 Amos 118 Anan Ben David 84, 85 Andrea, Johann Valentin 148 Anshen,RuthNanda 171-174 Appel, Werner 37, 177 Appleby, R Scott 90, 181 Arafat, Y asser 112 Aramoni, Aniceto 162, 177 Arasteh, A Reza 58, 66, 172 Aregger-Moros, Urs 138, 177 Aristotle 98 Auer, Alfons 24, 25, 28, 168 Augustine 46, 47 Bachofen, Johann Jakob 51, 67, 98, 123 Baeck, Leo 58, 78, I 08, Bamberger, I. Nathan 94, 177 Bamberger, N. Bar-Giora !57, 177 Bamberger, Seligmann Bar 87 Banks, Robert 23, 45, 50, 177 Barr, Robert R 180 Barth, Karl 22, 23, 180 Basilian 46 Bauer, Jo-Hannes 79, 182 Begin, Menachem 112 Beit-Hallahmi, Benjamin 43, 63, 81, 178 Bellamy, Edward 107,143,144,148,171 Ben-Chorin, Schalom 185 Ben-Gurion, David I 09 Beniskos, J.M. 18, 142, !80 Benjamin, Walter 78, 186 Bentley, J 43, 178 Benz, Ernst 34, 178 Betz, Brian R 75, 76, I 04, 133, 174,178 Blinzler, Josef !54, 178 Bloch, Ernst 28, 58, 70, 71, 125, 148, 174, 178, 185 Bloch, Karola 71, 174 Block, Irvin 90, 91, 142, 155, 156, 178 Blum, Leon 66 Boisen, Anton T. 50, 178 Bonhoeffer, Dietrich 59, 180 Bottomore, T.B. 171, 172 Bretall, Robert W. 60, 179, 182 Brown,...

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