Written with admirable scholarship, Freud vs. God is a real contribution to American social and intellectual development. Its bibliography includes seminal work by philosophers, psychoanalysts, anthropologists, neuropsychiatrists, academic theologians, and evangelical pastoral counselors. Blazer integrates these competing Gestalts with grace and intelligence. He is always careful to put what he writes into historical perspective. However, he is not content with just writing cultural history; he also desperately wants psychiatry to regain its soul. Blazer is quite clear that the dialectic must remain on the ecumenical planes of spirituality, soul, mind, and neuroscience and not on the parochial planes of religion, sin, Jesus, and Freud. Thus, devout molecular biologists, neuroscientists, and Kleinians, if they have hearts, can applaud this book. Devout Buddhists, Moslems, and Jews, if they have minds, can do likewise. Finally, directors of psychiatric residencies and of pastoral education should consider assigning Freud vs. God as required reading.