Distinguished contributors provide an overview of three generations of psychoanalytic theory, including the  work of Freud, Horney, Winnicott, and Kristeva, and discuss  the evolution of psychoanalytic thought as it relates to the role that religion plays in modern culture. }Religion clearly remains a powerful social and political force in Western  society. Freudian-based theory continues to inform psychoanalytic investigations into personality development, gender relations, and traumatic disorders. Using a historical framework, this collection of new essays brings together contemporary scholarship on religion and psychoanalysis. These various yet related psychoanalytic interpretations of religious symbolism and commitment offer a unique social analysis on the  meaning of religion.Beginning with Freuds views on religion  and mystical experience and continuing with those of Horney, Winnicott, Kristeva, Miller, and others, this volume surveys the work of three generations of psychoanalytic theorists. Special attention is given to objects relations  theory and ego psychology, as well as to the recent work from the European tradition. Distinguished contributors provide a basic overview of a given theorists scholarship and discuss its place in the evolution of psychoanalytic thought as it relates to the role that religion plays in modern culture. Religion, Society, and Psychoanalysis marks a major, interdisciplinary step forward in filling the void in the social-psychology of religion. It is an extremely useful handbook for students and scholars of psychology and religion.

chapter |7 pages


Edited ByJanet Liebman Jacobs, Donald Capps

part One|59 pages


chapter 1|12 pages

Freud and Hasidism

ByDan Merkur

chapter 2|5 pages

Freud, Maimonides, and Incest

ByDavid Bakan

chapter 3|14 pages

Freud as Other

Anti-Semitism and the Development of Psychoanalysis
ByJanet Liebman Jacobs

chapter 4|26 pages

Psychoanalysis and Fundamentalism

A Lesson from Feminist Critiques of Freud
ByRalph W. Hood

part Two|94 pages

Psychoanalysis and the Second-Generation Theorists

chapter 5|19 pages

Karen Horney’s Encounter with Zen

ByMarcia Westkott

chapter 6|16 pages

Melanie Klein, Motherhood, and the “Heart of the Heart of Darkness”

ByPatricia H. Davis

chapter 7|21 pages

Playing and Believing

The Uses of D. W. Winnicott in the Psychology of Religion
ByJames W. Jones

chapter 8|36 pages

Childhood Fears, Adult Anxieties, and the Longing for Inner Peace

Erik H. Erikson’s Psychoanalytic Psychology of Religion
ByDonald Capps

part Three|106 pages

Contemporary Psychoanalytic Perspectives

chapter 9|16 pages

Heinz Kohut’s Struggles with Religion, Ethnicity, and God

ByCharles B. Strozier

chapter 10|19 pages

Creating a New Research Paradigm for the Psychoanalytic Study of Religion

The Pioneering Work of Ana-Maria Rizzuto
ByJohn McDargh

chapter 11|18 pages

Alice Miller’s Insights into Religious Seekership

ByMarion S. Goldman

chapter 12|12 pages

Illusions with Futures: Jacques Lacan

ByWilliam James Earle

chapter 13|10 pages

God and Lacanian Psychoanalysis

Toward a Reconsideration of the Discipline of Religious Studies
ByCarl Raschke