December 1963

The Dogma of Christ and Other Essays on Religion, Psychology and Culture.

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By Erich Fromm, MD. Price, $3.95. Pp 212. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., 383 Madison Ave., New York 17, 1963

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1963;9(6):643. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1963.01720180115028

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In this volume Erich Fromm has republished eight essays, all but one of which have appeared in various periodicals during the last ten years. The longest and most important piece, from which the book takes its name, was published first in German in 1930 and has been translated by James Luther Adams.

The Dogma of Christ is a fascinating study of the rise and modifications of Christianity considered from both an internal dynamic (psychoanalytical) and socioeconomic-political point of view. "I tried to show that we cannot understand people by their ideas and ideologies; that we can understand ideas and ideologies only by understanding the people who created them and believed in them. In doing this we have to transcend individual psychology and enter the field of psychoanalytical-social psychiatry." This emphasis has been maintained in Fromm's work as a departure from the strict Freudian theoretical approach and has resulted

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