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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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c: C1J ~ n:s .s:. u "' c: C1J "' "' ·-~ :n:s c. 0 ... ::::s w Klaus Engel Meditation Vol. I History and Present Time FrankfurVM., Berlin, Bern, New York, Paris, Wien, 1997. 243 pp., num. fig. ISBN 3-631-31600-3 · hardback DM 75.-* US-ISBN 0-8204-3273-3 Meditation can be viewed as a path along whtch spiritual change and perfection can be achieved. The historical review gives an account of the development of meditation both in the Orient -India, Tibet, China und Japan- and in the Western World- Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The development of meditation in modern times is illustrated in the biographies of prominent representatives from both the Eastern and the Western World. The section of the book that deals with the systematics of meditatton describes the practical procedures of individual meditative paths. Volume I provides the historical background for Volume II, a treatise on Emptrical Research and Theory. Contents: Historical roots of meditation ·The lives of prominent figures in meditation of the present · Meditative paths and accounts of experience depicting what meditation strives to achieve Frankfurt/M · Berlin · Bern · New York Paris · Wien Distribution: Verlag Peter Lang AG Jupiterstr. 15, CH-3000 Bern 15 Fax(004131)9402131 *includes value added tax Our prices are subject to change without notice This page intentionally left blank

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