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Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 57, Issue 3, pp 1196–1197 | Cite as

A FORGOTTEN FREUDIAN: THE PASSION OF KARL STERN

By Daniel Burston. 256 pp. London: Karnac Books. $36.95, ISBN 9781782203469
  • Charles D. Mayer
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Daniel Burston has performed an extraordinarily important service in restoring Karl Stern (1906–1975) to the awareness of contemporary readers. This volume, an offering of Karnac’s The History of Psychoanalysis Series, explores the life and work of a figure whose 1951 memoir, The Pillar of Fire, was seen as a worthy successor to Thomas Merton’s The Seven Story Mountain, and became an international bestseller (p. 81). Merton himself, C.S. Lewis, and Reinhold Neibuhr, among others, all wrote to Stern to communicate the great impact and importance the book had for them (p. 82). Carl Jung wrote at length, and admiringly, in response to a later book, The Third Revolution, which Stern had sent to him (more on this in a moment). Yet The Pillar of Fire, which recounts Stern’s conversion from Judaism to Roman Catholicism, and was seen at the time as a remarkable treatment of the compatibility of science and religious faith, all from a psychoanalytic perspective, has disappeared almost entirely...

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  1. 1.St. Paul’s On-The-Hill Episcopal ChurchOssiningUSA

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