Max Harris discussed, over dinner, some interesting and
intersecting antipathies within religion and within psychoanalysis. He stated
that the battle waging within modern Christianity is over who we are: Are we
defined by what was put into us, that is, original sin, as many evangelicals
believe, or is who we are in relation to God defined by a process we co-create
with God, where we are ‘lured’ into a relationship with God through love? The latter, thus, incurs upon us a certain
responsibility in our moment to moment actions.
Nonetheless, both the endeavor of psychoanalysis and that of a relationship with the Christian Jesus require a leap of faith: that we are in this together no matter what, and that an abiding love means we are accepted for who we are, no matter what, imperfections and all. And as Max, a psychoanalyst and former minister, noted, his calling was the saving of souls, just no longer through the ministry.