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Is Belief the Same as Existence? Saving God from Freud’s Psychological Criticism of Religious Belief And The Benefit of Sartre’s Atheistic Existentialism is Awareness of our Shared Human Limitation
Freud has been accused of reducing all human endeavor to an historical Oedipal drama of murder and incest which he thought had become suppressed and reemerged in the form of neurotic mental processes and irrational behavior. In the selections from Totem and Taboo, Future of an Illusion, and Civilization and its Discontents Freud tells a story of the psychological origins of God created from an infantile wish fulfillment to murder our father and have sex with our mother. At some point in our early human history, according to Freud, we got our wish and we now feel terrible about it. The result has been a compensatory totemic substitute for our violent act in the form of illusion, i.e., God, and the complex religious system that arose to make amends for that primal act....
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