Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism

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Spence Publishing Company, Dec 23, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 194 pages
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Modern atheism originated in the irrational, psychological needs of a few prominent thinkers. Subjecting the apostles of atheism to the same psychological analysis with which they attempted to debunk religious belief, Vitz reveals the source of a psychological predisposition to atheism -- the absence of a good father. While psychology is not destiny, disappointment in one's earthly father frequently leads to a rejection of God.-- Is atheism a mental disorder?-- Is faith a crutch?-- Who's dead -- God or Dad?

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Contents

Intense Atheism
3
Freuds Unacknowledged
9
Abusive and Weak Fathers
34
Copyright

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Vitz is professor of psychology at New York University. He was an atheist until his late 30s. He has a bachelor degree and a PhD. He is a professor at NYU.

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