The Riddle of God’s Existence: Toward a psychology of believing and disbelieving

September 15, 2022, 8:00 - 10:00 PM

Pacific Time


This meeting will take place online via Zoom. Once you register, you will receive an email with more information.

*** Registration will close at 4:00 PM on the day of the event. No registrations are possible after this time, no exceptions.

All times listed are in Pacific Time (PT) unless otherwise noted.



Freud’s problem with religious beliefs and rituals—including a belief in God—is legendary. This talk reviews Freud’s argument against religion, focusing on aspects of his own personal psychology that contributed to his belligerent attitude toward faith and believers. Recent psychoanalytic work examining the nature of an individual’s connection with God furthers the field's appreciation of the motives that lead some to believe and others to disbelieve. Psychoanalysis benefits from working to develop a more nuanced appreciation of the psychology of believing and disbelieving. Theories about belief also address alternate forms of knowledge of the sort touted by conspiracy theorists.

Dr. Tuch has undertaken an exhaustive study of the history of psychoanalytic attitudes toward religion as well as new research in the area of God as an internal object. He will be sharing the results of his research with the audience.

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this session, participants should be able to:

  • Explain Freud’s problem with religion as indicative of the attitudes held by individuals who have difficulty tolerating religious beliefs
  • Discuss how the God representation exists universally in the form of an internal object
  • Identify the positive effects some gain by believing in God
  • Summarize the psychology of believing and disbelieving


Target Audience: psychoanalysts and psychodynamic therapists

CE/CME credits: 2 (Certificates are issued through the NCP website 5 business days after the event)



images/R_Tuch_2022_Headshot.jpgRichard Tuch, MD, has been in practice for over 40 years. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst at both NCP and PCC, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, former Dean of Training at NCP, and is presently Head of the Scholarship Section of the Department of Psychoanalytic Education (American Psychoanalytic Association) He has published extensively in the areas of interpersonal relations and clinical technique. His papers appear in all three of the major psychoanalytic journals and his work has been translated into four languages. He is the recipient of the Karl Menninger Award for Psychoanalytic Writing, the Edith Sabshin Award for excellence in teaching, and the Leo Rangell Award for psychoanalytic writing. Dr. Tuch relishes the privilege afforded him by patients who take the risk of entrusting him with their innermost demons. 


  • This is an online lecture. Read registration selections carefully.  
  • Pre-registration is required and closes at 4pm on the day of the event.
  • 2 CE credits are offered for this date.
  • Attendees must "sign" in and out at the beginning and end of the lecture to receive credit. Instruction and info will be provided after you register. You will receive this information by email. Contact Tina Walters at if you have questions. 
  • This conference will be recorded. All registered attendees will receive a link to the recording so they may review. Only live attendance receives credit.



  • With credit:  $25  
  • Without credit:  free

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IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

-Updated July 2021-

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The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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