Psychoanalysis and Religion 22 & 23 July

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Freud is famous for portraying religion as a collective neurosis of mankind: religious beliefs give expression to wish-fulfilling illusions serving the immature emotional needs of the child living on within the adult. Such illusions – he sternly maintains – should be cast aside and replaced by ideas corresponding to reality – namely, the materialistic world view that emerges gradually but inescapably from the cumulative process of scientific observation.