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Alter-Egos in Dialogue: Freud and the Health of the Christian Mind

Posted by Bo Bonner on Sep 7, 2017 2:53:00 PM


Adam DeVille-057188-edited.jpgJoin us for Mercy College of Health Sciences award winning Faith and Healing Lecture Series. We will kick off the year, and our annual commemoration of the Charism of the Sisters of Mercy on Thursday, September 21st at 6 p.m. in the Sullivan Center. Our speaker for Mercy Week will be Dr. Adam DeVille, Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy and Theology department at University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne Indiana. His talk is entitled Alter-Egos in Dialogue: Freud and the Health of the Christian Mind.

In 1917, Sigmund Freud published his Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis, which remain his most popular and widely translated work. In that and many other works, he helped to launch modern psychology. Exactly a century later, debates are still going on about Freud’s theories and methods, not least among Christians who continue to wonder whether psychoanalysis remains useful to us in seeking to follow St. Paul’s counsel to  “be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Rom 12; cf. Eph. 4).

In this lecture, Dr. DeVille will explore such questions, reviewing the history of Catholic engagement with psychoanalytic thought before seeking to show particularly to those engaged or interested in healing ministries what is still relevant and useful in Freud nearly 80 years after his death. More recent psychoanalytic thought (especially that of the British independent tradition, including D.W. Winnicott, Nina Coltart, and most especially Adam Phillips) will be reviewed to argue that, properly understood, psychoanalysis remains a very useful and powerful tool for helping Christians to “put on the mind of Christ” (I Cor. 2).

Join us in the Sullivan Center – Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Iowa Lecture Hall
on the Mercy College campus from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 21, 2017

Refreshments will be served. 
FREE and open to the Public.

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Topics: Faith & Healing Speaker Series, University of St. Francis, Dr. Adam DeVille