By Erich Fromm. Price, $3.95. Pp 212, with no illustrations. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 383 Madison Ave, New York 10017, 1963.
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Of all the psychological theorists who have tried to formulate a system better than Freud's to approach problems of contemporary life, no one has been more creative or influential than Erich Fromm. He is the most articulate advocate on the role of social forces in molding our character and on our manner of relating to others. This volume is an expansion of his systematic doctrine.
"The Dogma of Christ," which is also the longest essay in this collection, appears in English for the first time. It was written thirty years ago, when Fromm identified himself with the orthodox wing of the psychoanalytic movement. He describes the experience of the early Christian community, with its emphasis on the role of the son, as an expression of the revolutionary stirrings of an oppressed minority against the paternalism of the Roman Empire. "The suffering Jesus originated primarily from the need for identification on
Lunsky LL. The Dogma of Christ and Other Essays on Religion, Psychology, and Culture.. Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(3):465-466. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280090151032