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"Freud's understanding of religion presents a convincing challenge to religious belief."

Freud believed that religion is an illusion, a belief derived from human wishes. He thought it to be self
created in the mind to help overcome certain aspects, the inner psychological conflict, the conflict
between our natures and civilisation…

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He was an AustrianNeurologist and so he had a wide spread understanding (or belief) of how the
mind works. He carried out many experiments and studied patients carefully which led him to this
theory of religion. His reputation therefore carried him a long way. A sort of cult was built…


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