THE DENVER PSYCHOANALYTIC SOCIETY
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER - SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
2008-2009 LECTURE SERIES
Psychoanalysis and Religion: Friends, Foes or Strangers?
(NOTE TIME AND DAY CHANGE)
Thursday, February 5, 2009, 7:00-9:00 P.M.
Boettcher Auditorium on the campus of the University of Denver
Building 51, 2050 E. Iliff
Visitor Parking available ½ block west of the building)
This meeting is free and open to anyone interested in mental health.
Sigmund Freud, given the Church’s merciless persecution of individuals like Galileo and
Darwin and because of its global hostility toward any new scientific thought, had good reasons to
heap scorn and ridicule upon religion. Skewering both the Jewish faith of his fathers and the then-
dominant Christian traditions, Freud hurled at religion the full weight of his extraordinary insight
and intellect. He compared liturgical rituals to neurotic obsessions and theological doctrines to
illusions and childish wish-fulfillment. Freud’s psychoanalytic contemporaries and the present-
day practitioners of his new science have generally—but not always—followed suit.
On the other side of this great divide, priests, ministers, and rabbis have frequently exco-
riated Freud as if he were one of the exemplars of modern licentiousness, sensuality, and self-
indulgence. His writings were included in the intellectual justification for wholesale rejection of
morality and long-revered religious values. Among some, Freudian thought is still seen as unal-
terably antagonistic to the world of the Holy and the Sacred.
This panel discussion will compare and contrast psychoanalysis and religion and consider
whether common ground can be found. Our presenters include three psychoanalysts from differ-
ent religious orientations—Jewish, Buddhist, and Christian, as well as the Judaic Studies Scholar-
in-Residence at the University of Denver. A rabbi and a minister will respond to the panel discus-
THE PANEL: THE DISCUSSANTS:
Shoshana Adler, Ph.D. Rabbi Bernard Gerson
Ben Green, M.D. Reverend Phil Campbell
David Nichol, M.D.
Janet Rumfelt, Ph.D.
Questions may be directed to the Society office at 303-724-2666
The Denver Psychoanalytic Society
Mail Stop F478
12469 E. 17th Place
Aurora, CO 80045