Belief after Freud confronts the psychoanalytic experience and the experience of faith. A purified vision of faith, so many times disfigured by infantile or neurotic dynamics, can emerge through the crucible of psychoanalysis. The work contributes to the dialogue between psychoanalysis and faith, based on the respective lived experiences, rather than from theoretical positions only. The book is divided into three parts:

  • Part I centres on Freud’s position on religion. After an introductory chapter assessing Freud’s present validity, the following chapters critically examine Freud’s position and interpretation of religion.

  • Part II examines how people of faith experience psychoanalysis, including the role played by unconscious feelings of guilt, and the ideas of sin and salvation.

  • Part III explores ideas of sexuality, power, and obedience, including the unconscious and pathological roots of the relation with money, and the sense of evangelical poverty.

Now in its fifth edition in Spain, Belief after Freud has also been published in Argentina and Brazil. Many readers say the book has opened a new form of belief for them. The book has also been of great interest to non-believing psychologists.

part |18 pages


chapter Chapter One|16 pages

The validity of Freud

part I|59 pages

The Freudian Interpretation Of Religion

chapter Chapter Two|18 pages

Religion And Neurosis

chapter Chapter Three|23 pages

Religion, Dream, And Delirium

chapter Chapter Four|15 pages

Faith challenged

part II|66 pages

The Response Of Faith

chapter Chapter Five|15 pages

Prayer after Freud

chapter Chapter Six|22 pages

The God of the child and the God of Jesus

chapter Chapter Seven|26 pages

Guilt and salvation

part III|87 pages

Sex, Power, And Money

chapter Chapter Eight|31 pages

The bonds of flesh

chapter Chapter Nine|28 pages

Do not call anyone father

chapter Chapter Ten|25 pages

No one can serve two masters