Inventing God: Psychology of Belief and the Rise of Secular Spirituality

Inventing God Psychology of Belief and the Rise of Secular Spirituality In this controversial book philosopher and psychoanalyst Jon Mills argues that God does not exist and provocatively that God cannot exist as anything but an idea Put concisely God is a psychologica

  • Title: Inventing God: Psychology of Belief and the Rise of Secular Spirituality
  • Author: Jon Mills
  • ISBN: 9781138195745
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this controversial book, philosopher and psychoanalyst Jon Mills argues that God does not exist and provocatively, that God cannot exist as anything but an idea Put concisely, God is a psychological creation signifying ultimate ideality Mills argues that the idea or conception of God is the manifestation of humanity s denial and response to natural deprivation In this controversial book, philosopher and psychoanalyst Jon Mills argues that God does not exist and provocatively, that God cannot exist as anything but an idea Put concisely, God is a psychological creation signifying ultimate ideality Mills argues that the idea or conception of God is the manifestation of humanity s denial and response to natural deprivation a self relation to an internalized idealized object, the idealization of imagined value.After demonstrating the lack of any empirical evidence and the logical impossibility of God, Mills explains the psychological motivations underlying humanity s need to invent a supreme being In a highly nuanced analysis of unconscious processes informing the psychology of belief and institutionalized social ideology, he concludes that belief in God is the failure to accept our impending death and mourn natural absence for the delusion of divine presence As an alternative to theistic faith, he offers a secular spirituality that emphasizes the quality of lived experience, the primacy of feeling and value inquiry, ethical self consciousness, aesthetic and ecological sensibility, and authentic relationality toward self, other, and world as the pursuit of a beautiful soul in search of the numinous Inventing God will be of interest to academics, scholars, lay audiences and students of religious studies, the humanities, philosophy, and psychoanalysis, among other disciplines It will also appeal to psychotherapists, psychoanalysts and mental health professionals focusing on the integration of humanities and psychoanalysis.

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    1. I was looking forward to this book - the confluence of religion and psychoanalysis is fascinating and I had heard a podcast with the author when he made some interesting and worthwhile points.But it was a huge disappointment, to the point where I gave up, which takes a lot as I usually stick with a title just in case it suddenly gets "better". But Mills' prose is too stodgy, too tendentious, too shrill, too everything but anything good. I felt like I was being beaten up by a sixth former. It had [...]

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