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Fight Against Idols : Erich Fromm on Religion, Judaism and the Bible.

Author: Svante Lundgren
Publisher: Frankfurt : Lang, Peter, GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, 2012.
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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.  Read more...
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Lundgren, Svante.
Fight Against Idols : Erich Fromm on Religion, Judaism and the Bible.
Frankfurt : Lang, Peter, GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, ©2012
Named Person: Erich Fromm; Erich Fromm
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Svante Lundgren
ISBN: 9783653019278 3653019273
OCLC Number: 817911861
Description: 1 online resource (198 pages)
Contents: 1. Introduction 11; 1.1. The aim and structure of the study 12; 1.2. Material and method 13; 1.3. Review of research 14; 2. View of Religion 17; 2.1. What is religion? 17; 2.1.1. Progressive and regressive religions 19; 2.1.2. Authoritarian and humanistic religions 21; 2.1.3. The reality beyond the religions 24; 2.1.4. Religion in contemporary society 26; 2.2. The religious experience 28; 2.3. Buddhism 30; 2.4. Transcendental Meditation 38; 2.5. Scientology 40; 2.6. Christianity 41; 2.6.1. Early Christianity 41; 2.6.2. Thomas Aquinas 47; 2.6.3. The Reformation 49. 2.6.4. Contemporary Christianity 572.7. Mysticism 64; 2.7.1. What is mysticism? 64; 2.7.2. Islamic mysticism 65; 2.7.3. Meister Eckhart 67; 2.7.4. Thomas Merton 71; 2.8. Conclusions 73; 3. Fromm and Judaism 77; 3.1. Biographical background 77; 3.2. The Jewish Law: dissertation of 1922 82; 3.2.1. The Karaites 84; 3.2.2. Reform Judaism 85; 3.2.3. Hasidism 88; 3.3. The Torah and the Talmud 92; 3.4. Fromm's Jewish mentors 95; 3.4.1. Maimonides 95; 3.4.2. Spinoza 98; 3.4.3. Hermann Cohen 101; 3.4.4. Martin Buber 103; 3.5. Jewish mysticism 104; 3.6. Zionism and the State of Israel 106. 3.7. Anti-Semitism 1163.8. The Judaism of Erich Fromm 118; 4. Fromm and the Bible 121; 4.1. View of the Bible 121; 4.2. Creation 123; 4.3. The "Fall" 124; 4.4. The divine name 128; 4.5. The history of Israel 130; 4.6. The prophets 132; 4.6.1. Idolatry 136; 4.6.2. The messianic age 143; 4.7. The Psalms 149; 4.8. Comments on the New Testament 151; 4.9. Conclusions 154; 5. From idolatry to life 159; Abbreviations 165; Bibliography 167; Index of names 189; BM 1 195.

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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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