Disagreement with Sigmond Freud's The Future of an Illiusion

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To a certain extent I can agree with Freud’s views on natural instinct. Without manmade laws and “coercion” or rules that are presented by God, civilization would not survive or even have been born. Yet, as is the case with many other people, I disagree with his views on religion. I do not believe that religion was created by man, but by a higher being. It is impossible for me to believe that science will destroy religion because for every question science answers many more questions arise. The more science reveals about nature the more apparent it is to me that only a higher being could have created everything. As Freud states I am one of the unpersuadable. Civilization is not only made by technological development but also …show more content…
If two people are having an argument and killing was permitted, the outcome is obvious, their instincts would persist and killing would follow. As Freud says, man’s “arguments are of no avail against their passions.” Here is where Sigmund Freud finds a flaw in the foundation religion. As an atheist, he believes that people who believe in a God or participate in religion are illusional. Freud is a man of science, not faith. He bases his hypothesis exclusively on facts gathered by psychological experiments conducted on humans. If one cannot prove that there is life after death, then it does not exist to him. He explains religious illusion with an analogy. “Examples of illusions which have proved true are not easy to find, but the illusion of the alchemist that all metals can be turned into gold might be one of them.” (Freud, The Future of an Illusion Pg.39). He goes on to explain that religion and alchemy are both illusional, the alchemist want large sums of gold and believers want immortality and a forgiving Father figure to protect them against the unknowns of nature. Freud explains that humans developed religion because of their psychological need for a transcendent being in order to make the impersonal personal. Instead of fearing nature’s earthquakes, floods, storms, and diseases, “elements, which seem to mock human control”, man can pray to God asking for good tidings. To Freud, civilization has not yet reached a perfect

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