Religious doctrines are… illusions, fulfillments of the oldest, strongest and most insistent wishes of mankind

Religious doctrines are… illusions, fulfillments of the oldest, strongest and most insistent wishes of mankind. The secret of their strength is the strength of these wishes.

Sigmund Freud, Future of an Illusion, 1961, p.30

But if doctrines can be reduced to the strong wishes that lie behind them, can Freudianism be exempted from this critique. Does Freud have a strong wish that religious doctrines not be true? Is it not indeed plausible that there is a strong desire in man to run from the Holy One? Adam’s first act after the Fall was to hide…

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