Cultural and Political Impact of Book Review

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How can we respond to their criticism? Both Freud and Marx were attempting to define something that is not quantitative in a quantitative manner. Faith cannot be measured in dynamic terms, nor can it be universally quantified. We might also point out that there is a clear difference between faith and religion. Faith is a concept, a belief, a trust; religion is manmade, and as any student of history knows, variable over the course of time, society, and individual cultures.

Does faith have a psychological and social value? Based on the very scientific principles of conservation of energy, humans would not be able to conceive or participate in, the concept of faith and religion unless it had elements that were essential to human culture. Just as people have many different tastes in food and clothing, so has history shown us that the same is true for religion? Faith is a form of self-actualization; food and nutrition for the soul. And, since humans are able to actualize beyond the simple present, have empathy and compassion for others, but also seek the highest "good" for society, religion can help organize those functions into a more cooperative, less antagonistic, culture. The reverse, though, has also proven true -- religion can be manipulated into a frenzy of hate, just as it can be a tool for love and compassion. Psychologically, religion and faith can help the individual make sense of the world, learn to forgive, and find a higher power to help with the daily struggles of life and death. Religion also offers a way to debate questions of the afterlife, why bad things happen to good people, man's place in the universe, and the purpose and fulfillment of life itself (Ambrose, 2006).

REFERENCES

Ambrose, S. (2006). Religion and Psychology. New York: Nova Science Publications.

Palmer, M. (1997). Freud and Jung on Religion. New York: Routledge.

Pals, D. (2006). Eight…

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REFERENCES

Ambrose, S. (2006). Religion and Psychology. New York: Nova Science Publications.

Palmer, M. (1997). Freud and Jung on Religion. New York: Routledge.

Pals, D. (2006). Eight Theories of Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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