Jean-Baptiste Lecuit, L’anthropologie théologique à la lumière de la psychanalyse. La contribution majeure d’Antoine Vergote Collection “Cogitatio Fidei”, Editions du Cerf, 2007
Theological Anthropology in the Light of Psychoanalysis The relationship between faith and psychoanalysis has long been a subject of intense scrutiny. Rejection of one by the other alternates with mutual fascination. At first glance, things should be simple for a theologian; he will consider that faith and psychoanalysis have the same focus: Man. Psychoanalytic concepts and tools should therefore be useful, particularly in the field of theological anthropology. Such a perspective, of course, skirts the main issue. For Freud, man is certainly not created by God, as maintained by faith. More importantly, for Freud, man is unconsciously the creator of God and his relationship with God is no more than an illusion, an expression of his own desire. Therein lays the ultimate challenge of psychoanalysis to faith, a challenge Jean-Baptiste Lecuit intends to meet.
He therefore conducts two tasks concomitantly. On the one hand, he puts theological anthropology under the scrutiny of Psychoanalysis. And, in doing so, he will show the immense contribution to this endeavor by Antoon Vergote, theologian, psychoan