Christianity and Psychoanalysis: Original Sin-Oedipal or Preoedipal?

Volume
Volume 17
Issue
Spring 1989
Title
Christianity and Psychoanalysis: Original Sin-Oedipal or Preoedipal?
Abstract

The concept of original sin has been considered from many different perspectives. The primary question for Christian psychologists is,"€œHow does original sin manifest itself in the human psyche?"€ Vitz and Gartner (1984) provocatively argued for a psychoanalytic understanding of original sin as grounded in the oedipal complex, and that Jesus, the remedy for sin, embodies an anti-Oedipus stance. This article critically examines their theory and presents an alternative interpretation: original sin is better understood as a manifestation of the preoedipal drive towards omnipotence arising from the infant state of primary narcissism.

Authors
L.P. Bridgman and Dr. J.D. Carter
Pages
3 - 8
Price
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