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Freud And Lewis's Argument Of Moral Codes

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Coexist eternally? Today, an emerging belief is that all paths, all religions, lead to the same place. Everyone takes their own way that satisfies and works for them, but in the end all will be together in a perfect realm. While this may sound appealing and nice in contrast to the totalitarian view, meaning one truth, it is impossible for this to work. In St. Germain’s play, Freud’s Last Session,” Freud and Lewis both make absolute truth claims that completely contradict each other. It is impossible for these exclusive claims to both be true, and they clearly end in entirely different places. While both men make compelling arguments, Lewis’ argument of moral codes proves to be the most dangerous and strongest argument. Lewis makes many compelling…show more content…
Freud’s most compelling argument, or question rather, asks why evil and pain exist if this so called “good God” exists also. Both Freud and Lewis had lives filled with loss and hardships making it easy for Freud to ask Lewis why? Freud argues, “And if good is to be chosen then your god who created it also created evil. Allowed Lucifer to live, to flourish, even to compete with him, when logically he should have been destroyed”(33). As a Christian Lewis believes God is good, so His allowance of pain and suffering seems to contradict that goodness, and often causes even Christians to question and doubt God. Lewis quickly replies saying that suffering is the fault of man as God has given man free-will, and through his choices man has brought about all this pain. Freud brings the argument to a more personal level: “Is that your excuse for pain and suffering? Did I bring about my own cancer? Or is killing me God’s revenge?”(33). Hesitating, Lewis humbly states that he does not know. The problem of evil is something both men are emotionally involved in making it the most difficult question they discuss. The existence of suffering is dangerous to Lewis because he believes that there is a God and that He is good. Lewis admits that he struggles with this daily and even questions his own view of God: “If God is good, He would make his creatures perfectly happy. But we aren’t. So God lacks either goodness, or power, or both”(34). The state of man on earth and the state a good God would put man in are polar opposites. This reality causes Lewis to question his beliefs about God’s character and even doubt that a God exists in the first place, making this argument of Freud’s the most dangerous to Lewis’ Christian, theistic,
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