Course: Question of God
by Armand M. Nicholi, Jr., M.D.
This highly acclaimed book and PBS series comparing the philosophies of Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis evolved from a course taught for 25 years by Harvard professor Armand M. Nicholi, Jr., M.D. Although these diametrically opposed brilliant minds of the 20th century never met, Nicholi intriguingly places their arguments side by side in virtual debate.
Clinicians will broaden their education as they review the biographical data of the historical, familial and cultural influences which impacted these men. Their philosophical world view will deepen as they read the juxtaposed debates on love, sex, loss, pain and suffering, morality, the meaning of life, death and the existence of God.
Dr. Nicholi alternately beckons Freud and Lewis to the lectern to speak on life’s most profound issues. He reveals how each developed his world view and the congruency or lack thereof between their words and their lives. Dr. Nicholi does not render a verdict on who is correct in his assessment of the cosmos, but allows the student to draw his or her own conclusions. The mental health practitioner interested in spirituality and psychology will find this read exceptional.
Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:
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Bio: Armand M. Nicholi, Jr., M.D.Armand N. Nicholi, Jr. M.D. is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and the editor and coauthor of The Harvard Guide to Psychiatry. Dr. Nicholi has taught a course comparing the philosophies of Freud and Lewis to hundreds of Harvard students for the past thirty years.
Dr. Nicholi's clinical work and research focuses on the effect of absent parents on the emotional development of children and adolescents. In addition to teaching and clinical work Dr. Nicholi is a psychiatric consultant to professional athletes, business and government.