Top positive review
This book opens the door to a deeper spirituality behind the system of religion.
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2011
Read this a while ago and recently took it with me on a plane to read again. Such a smart book. Ironically though, this book points to some sort of spiritual truth rather than negate it. It's not that Fromm seeks to do this so much, but he lifts a lid off the "system" and it's falsity which paves the way to a higher mysterious truth that is buried in most "mass organizations governed by a religious bureaucracy" as he puts it. It's strange that this book does this. It's a very wise approach to the problem that most great religions have created. It's an honest in depth look at it all rather than the usual way some people respond to religion these days which is to disregard them with superficial reasons rather than to dig deep into the psychology behind it all. When going beyond that psychology, the discovery is there must be more, but we never get it right in our man made systems which are often developed from fear and the need to control rather than faith which is an embracing of mystery that we will never fully have all the answers for.