The Question of God: C. S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life

Version: Unabridged
Author: Dr Armand M. Nicholi Jr
Narrator: Simon Vance
Genres: Philosophy, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: April 2002
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 7 hours, 58 minutes
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Renowned psychiatrist and educator Armand Nicholi presents a fascinating comparison of the beliefs of Sigmund Freud and C. S. Lewis. For all the variety of specific religious beliefs, there are fundamentally only two kinds of people: believers and nonbelievers. In the 20th century, no spokesman was more prominent for nonbelief than Sigmund Freud, and nobody argued for belief more successfully than C.S. Lewis. From pain and suffering to love and sex, from God to morality, Lewis and Freud carefully argued opposing positions and even considered the chief objections to their positions. Based on years of studying both men, including wide access to Freud's letters, and teaching a popular course at Harvard comparing the two, this debate on the greatest of subjects strikes at the deepest chords in our souls.

Reviews (3)

Question of God

Written by Anonymous on September 21st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

My main issue was that neither of the two veiws presented were those of philosophers, per se. Thus the best arguments for both sides weren't presented. Additionally, by the 2nd disc, it was abundantly clear that the author had decided to side with CS Lewis and from there on out seemed prone to making a straw man out of Freud. Therefore, to me, it quickly got boring thereafter since one knew where things were headed. If you're really into CS Lewis and want to hear arguments for religion appear to prevail, you'll like this one. Otherwise, you'r liable to get bored with it rather quickly.


Written by Prab on April 18th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Amazing book. It will make you a better person just to hear them debate what it means if there is or isn't a God.

The Question of God

Written by Adam from New York, NY on October 29th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Very boring and difficult to listen to.I hope the course is better than the book.

Author Details

Author Details

Jr, Dr Armand M. Nicholi

Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr. is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital. He has an active practice as a psychiatrist and serves as a consultant to government groups, corporations, and professional athletes.