SIGMUND Freud claimed that once a child or youth is disappointed in or loses respect for his earthly father, belief in a heavenly father becomes impossible.
A child’s tumultuous relationship with their father is the determining factor in the widespread rise of atheism, claims Dr. Paul Vitz in his controversial new book, Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism. –
The author says the relationship kids have with their dads profoundly affects how they view God. Fathers who go AWOL on their kids tend to end up with children who reject God
Vitz is a former professor of psychology at New York University and was an atheist until his late 30s. –