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I've been reading Civilization And Its Discontents and it refers to Freud's earlier work, Future Of An Illusion. I don't have time to read both but I need to know about the ideas in FOAI. Does Frued explicitly state that religion and/or God is false? Or does he allow for the existence of a God or the validity of religion, while suggesting that our concept of it is a distraction? I know he refers to religion as an illusion but I'm not sure if he denies the existence of God or just means to say that religion serves to distract man from secular life.
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This is on a waaaay too high intellectual level for The Pit

If you look at it in a literal sense, then yeah, you could say he denies the existence of god. But then with it being one of those conceptual things, it could be argued one way or another depending on ones viewpoint.
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Didn't Freud himself say that Religion/philosophy is necessary for a human being to survive? Something about how it helps us cope with certain things that would ordinarily be too stressful for the human mind to fathom without being affected severely. I think that he is saying that God is an Illusion, but he is saying that it is a necessary illusion, since everyone needs some sort of philosophy to get by.
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This is on a waaaay too high intellectual level for The Pit :p

lolz, +1

anywho, I thought he just said religion was the opium of the masses... wait... nevermind!!

ok, getting serious now, he said that religion was a construct of human imagination to explain the complex aspects of life and distract/appease human minds from the troubles and tribulations this life throws at us, I mean, when you're a 12th century farmer who's more likely to die of cholera than to see his 20th birthday it's good to think that when you die you'll live in eternal paradise if you're not a total douche to people, follow what a guy in a dress tells you and you bow down to the image of a bloodied up guy in a cross and give money to a cult full of more guys wearing dresses
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...follow what a guy in a dress tells you and you bow down to the image of a bloodied up guy in a cross and give money to a cult full of more guys wearing dresses



they're called ceremonial gowns, thank you very much
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