Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism
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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