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Introduction, Todd Dufresne
Sigmund Freud: A Brief Chronology
Translator's Note, Gregory C. Richter
The Future of an Illusion
Appendix A: "The Illusion of a Future": Oskar Pfister's Response to Freud's The Future of an Illusion
Appendix B: Other Works by Freud and Pfister on Religion
Sigmund Freud, "Obsessive Actions and Religious Practices" (1907)
From Sigmund Freud, Totem and Taboo (1913)
From Sigmund Freud, "Scientific Interest in Psychoanalysis" (1913)
From Sigmund Freud, Civilization and its Discontents (1930)
From Sigmund Freud, Moses and Monotheism (1939)
From Oskar Pfister, On the Psychology of Philosophical Thought (1923)
Posted March 9, 2005
In this book Freud shows how the need for religion and a god who will protect us at all times stems from the helplessness of our childhood. Basically, there comes a point in our adolescence when we realize that we will die one day. This thought is much too threatening for our immature and underdeveloped brain to deal with. In order to satisfy our infantile wish of never dying, primitive humans invented a god figure who will save us from the inevitability of this. Freud shows how the protection we received from our mother/father/guardian easily converts, in our older age, to the concept of god. If logic, reasoning and science are the tools you use to run your life read this book. If faith is the method in which you acquire your information, read at your own risk.
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Posted February 7, 2007
I felt that I should put in a comment if this is considered a review. I read the book about twenty years ago when I started college. I was and still am, a Born Again Christian. The book, to me, had alot of mistakes form a man who totally did not understand true Christianity, despite his knowledge.
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Posted December 18, 2002
First things first, I'm a high school senior and at first this book is intimidating. People pointed and laughed when they saw that I was reading "for fun." Fortunately, and this is one of the best decisions of my life, I persisted. I'd never been very clear as to what my feelings were on religion, so I decided to read a selection of religious papers advocating religion and giving logical points confirming God's existence, then making myself familiar with atheistic theories. After doing both, Freud's "The Future of an Illusion" being my atheistic selection and a collection of papers attempting to use mathematical evidence to back up The Bible being my religious selection, I made my choice overwhelmingly to do away with any thoughts of religion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 15, 2000
I am a devoted follower of many of Freud's psychological theories (except those sexist ones), and this is one of the best books I've read by him. Without resorting to insults or blantant attacks on Christianity, he goes to show that religion is a sociological disease and must perish or take us all down with it. He could have been a little harsher, though.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 27, 1999
I first read this book in college, and I was mesmerized. I have since bought myself another copy, and I have purchased several for friends. Now, I am NOT a Freudian with regard to psychology, but Freud does have a very clear way of writing. This book details the logical argument for atheism yet remains respectful of religion. If you are an atheist/agnostic and have trouble putting your beliefs into intelligent words, this book is for you!!! It analytically explains the psychological reasons for religion, thereby validating it, but it does intelligently state why religion is not likely related to truth or fact in any way. A wonderful, intelligent book...Freud--who knew?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 28, 2010
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Posted August 10, 2010
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