In the Beginning Was Love: Psychoanalysis and Faith

In the Beginning Was Love: Psychoanalysis and Faith

In the Beginning Was Love: Psychoanalysis and Faith

In the Beginning Was Love: Psychoanalysis and Faith

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When I was invited to express myself about Psychoanalysis and Faith, I was at first quite reluctant. Juxtaposing the terms faith and psychoanalysis and the two realms of experience they designate seems to imply either that they can be reconciled or that they must remain implacable antagonists, when in fact the epistemological value and practical efficacy of psychoanalysis comes from its assertion of autonomy.

Yet isn't it the function of the analyst to pay heed to every question, not to answer them all, surely, but to displace, illuminate, or conjure away the object of interrogation? Every question, no matter how intellectual its content, reflects suffering. In our subject may lurk the suffering of religion as well as of rationalism, along with more strictly personal discomforts and anxieties. Let us try simply to be receptive to this suffering, and if possible to open our ears to meaning of another kind.

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