Religion News Service’s question-and-answer with the writer of a play about a fictional debate between C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud


From the Religion News Service article “10 minutes with … Mark St. Germain:”

In playwright Mark St. Germain’s new off-Broadway play, “Freud’s Last Session,” the existence of God is on trial.

For the defense: 40-year-old Oxford professor C.S. Lewis, a recent convert to Christianity. For the prosecution: 83-year-old Sigmund Freud, father of psychoanalysis and determined atheist.

Q: What was the inspiration for the play?

A: I had read Dr. Armand Nicholi’s book, “The Question of God,” and it contrasted the views of Freud and Lewis. In the last chapter, he mentioned that there was a young Oxford don who visited Freud before his death and he said, “Wouldn’t have been interesting if it were Lewis?” For me, that immediately set off bells…

Q: What is your own faith background?

A: I was raised Roman Catholic but I am currently unaffiliated with any church. I feel that if you belong to a club, you need to play by the rules. I don’t believe in any of the tenets of the Catholic Church. The more I disagreed, I said this is not something I can support, whether it’s views on birth control or women’s rights…

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