396 of totalitarian and fascist regimes, is full of examples of precisely this type of manipulation. In his interview with Golsan, Girard claims that "we are at a crucial juncture in history. Either we will achieve a greater rationality, facilitated by a certain interpretation of the Judeo-Christian texts - in which case religion is not simply a little supplément d'ame - ... or we will follow the Nietzschean path which is an impasse, a skandalon." (135) For readers who wish to understand the nature of this alternative, Golsan's book presents an excellent starting point. Colgate University RAYMOND BACH Book reviews Seymour Fisher and Rhoda L. Fisher, The Psychology of Adaptation to Absur- dity : Tactics of Make-Believe. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1993. x + 237 pp. ISBN 0-8058-1205-9. $49.95. Freud (1927) dismissed religion as an illusion. The British object-relations theorist D. W. Winnicott (1953; 1966; 1971) reversed the diagnostic signifi- cance of Freud's analysis. Winnicott argued that illusions are natural, neces- sary, and proper to humanity. Religions are merely one instance - along with morality, art, and culture in general - of illusions that function for adults much as security blankets serve infants. Seymour Fisher, who co-authored
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