Sigmund Freud The Future Of An Illusion Analysis

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Freud gives his insights about what he defines as religion and how the societal neurosis called religion can be expunged from our lives. Freud, in his book The Future of an Illusion gives his psychoanalytical theory in trying to explain religion and postulates that the phenomenon called religion is an imagination, a mere illusion that goes beyond questioning. He suggests that science will provide us with knowledge and explanations to do away with the religious neurosis and live a life where science will be able to prove everything. The following reflects the testimony of Sigmund Freud, if he was to be called upon as a witness in the trial of Warner v. Boca Raton. In order to understand what should be included as part of the legal standard…show more content…
Moreover, religion has God as the Supreme who helps: (1) remove the terrors of nature, (2) reconcile humans to fate and death, and (3) help people to accept the idea of helplessness in life (Freud 83). Hence, it is important to acknowledge that religious ideas help protect us from fate and nature, to accept the painful agonies of the drawbacks of civilization. Moreover, men will also attempt to get into a relationship with God to try and influence them for the same purpose. If men turn out to be successful in this purpose, the God and the man transcend into a father-son relationship where God would be the father guiding and protecting with suppression and coercion to live in harmony with civilization. Simultaneously, the son admires and respects his father. Religion emerges from the human susceptibility for protection and use it as a tool for liberation from the bitter realities and perplexities of the world. “Religious ideas are teachings and pronouncements about facts and states of external (or internal) reality that convey something one has not discovered for oneself and which assert the right to be believed” (Freud 88). We must object to religious claims because there is no proof to substantiate them and merely ideas we follow for generations. Religious ideas are beyond the control of reasoning, as if we don’t validate our beliefs and behave that our beliefs have a substantial basis of support. Religious ideas are teachings, not the thought that
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