Freud, Sigmund, and Religion
Freud was notorious for his antireligious stance. He seems to have gone out of his way to offend believers, referring to the “barbarous god of volcanoes and wildernesses whom I grew to dislike very much” (Freud 1970, p. 102). Despite this, he accepts that in some cases the mild neurosis of religion was preferable to a more complex and distressing disorder and argues the parallels between religion and psychoanalysis are striking.
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