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Freud And C.S Lewis: Opposite Points Of View On Religion

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Two great men, two exact opposite points of view, when it comes to the question of a master creator. These two men would have a profound effect on the life that we live today. Freud who was born to an orthodox Jewish family in the mid 1800’s was born into a lower class family his father was in the wool trade. The collapse of the family business moved him and his family to a Vienna, Ghetto. Freud would later become the voice of science in a logical and philosophical battle. The latter would be author, C.S Lewis; Lewis grew up in a religious home as well, being born 42 years after the birth of Freud. Lewis’s parents were both educated individuals. Lewis’s father was a lawyer and his mother a mathematician. These men would both face their own unique challenges and tribulations. One man would embrace the idea of atheism and the other would unwillingly submit to theism.
Freud was born into a family that practiced Orthodox Judaism they were above all religious to their core. In his youth, Freud read and learned from the ancient Hebrew Scriptures.
Above all, of his childhood figure his nanny the woman who would take Freud to a Catholic Church service when he was younger. The nanny lost her job because she allegedly stole from the family and this had a grave impact on the young mind of Freud, she faced accusations of stealing. However, the religion in Freud’s life would come to an abrupt halt when Freud’s family would face finical hardships. With the collapse of his father’s business, the pressure on the young boy to succeed and support the family grew immensely. Freud relocated to Vienna where his religious teaching would take a back seat to his preparation for University and a well-paying job. This job would support his family and restore them to a nice place to live and out of the ghetto. Freud would say later in his life in his book The Interpretation of Dreams that this childhood and the loss of his beloved nanny would shape him as a person.
In his teens and school fairing days Freud, studied the sciences. In his preparation for schools during the 1880’s and 1890’s Freud was exposed to many different ways and ideas of thinking. Freud’s thinking partially took on the ideas expressed in the times popular book, The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin. The learning climate that Freud was developing in was one of science and logic. The scientist and researchers around the world now explained mysteries that once confounded the human mind, daily. Ernst Brucke was one of the most influential figures in Freud’s life. Freud studied under Brucke as a research assistant in the field of neurology. This man had an intense influence on the young Jewish student. Freud would obtain his doctorate in medicine in 1881. He however would face many hardships due to his ethnic heritage. In 1886 Freud opened his first neurologist's office in Vienna, Rathausstrasse 7. With the guidance of Jean-Martin Charcot, Freud learned hypnosis as a clinical treatment....

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