The Murder of Christ
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The Murder of Christ

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Volume One of The Emotional Plague of Mankind
The Trap
The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth
The Genital Embrace
Seduction into Leadership
The Mystification of Christ
The Great Gap-Man's Sitting
The March on Jerusalem
Judas Iscariot
Paul of Tarsus
Protecting the Murderers of Christ
Toward Golgotha
The Disciples Sleep
The Scourging
'You Say It'
The Silent Glow
Paperback, 244 pages
Published 1974 by Noonday/Farrar Straus & Giroux (NYC) (first published January 1st 1953)
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Adrian Colesberry
Don't let the fact that Reich turned into something of a nut later in his intellectual career stop you from enjoying his mid-career output. This is a great book containing his most powerful critique of the religious impulse. I'm just going to include some of my notes. I don't know if these are direct quotes or paraphrases. (My comments in brackets.)

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All lost actual virtues of nature reappear as ideal virtues, to be striven after. With this, the dichotomy between the Devil, who is a perverted...more
In a way this book is more curious than interesting, but it is remarkable in that Reich somehow intuits a lot of the teachings of Jesus in a very elemental way, even if it remains wrapped up in his fascination with the body. Somehow that should perhaps not surprise us, for the student whom Freud picked over Jung to defend himself and his system against "the rising tide of occultism," as represented by Jung in his mind. With Reich, Freud wanted to erect a sexual rampart against such nefarious inf...more
I reread this and other works by Reich on occasion. He is pedantic, and also, later in life, decided he was surrounded by idiots (he was half right) and had to do everything himself, like discover the principles of a new energy source based on the human sexuality, to give you an idea! But I think he is very convincing in his manner of moralizing from basic principles, and he relates many of mankind's problems to repression of human sexuality, in a way that is kind of convincing although disturbi...more
Wilhelm Reich treats Christ as a universal value rather than a religious character to analyze the history, the dilemma and the potential of human Freedom.
Joseph Nicolello
Another Reichian gem for the collection on a topic I am slowly but thoroughly accumulating information on for a future passage.
Karen wako
Very enlightening. Confirmed some of the things I already thought about.
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Jewish Austrian-American psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.

Reich was a respected analyst for much of his life, focusing on character structure, rather than on individual neurotic symptoms. He promoted adolescent sexuality, the availability of contraceptives and abortion, and the importance for women of economic independence. Synthesizing material from psychoanalysis, cultural anthropology, economics,...more
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