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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 September 1, 2014
Well written and well preserved till this day. I was raised a Presbyterian. I went to all boys catholic boarding high school. I am well vested in the bible. I am also a chemist.
That said. i do believe as a black male in America who is usually the target of uniform agents of the law, reading the origin of civilization, and how from the onset our free will
is constricted made very much sense in the book. The book implies that regardless of if man behave perfect to the last bottom line of angelic perfection, someone within the alliance
of perfect band of men will be a scapegoat to government enterprise. This is proven in the rantings of Nikolia Mackevelli and the roman government of antiquity. this is proven in american
and the promotion of their strength. this is proven between husband and wife. Relationship between the creatures of the earth to remain reciprocal, there must be a two or multiple shade to separate. Religion was one way to do that because we are wired to to accept authority.
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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