Book: God, Freud and Religion - The origins of faith, fear and fundamentalism by Dianna T. Kennycategories: Book, Psychology, Fundamentalism, God, Human Nature, Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Faith, Belief, Religion
Dianna T. Kennyabout this book: Kant argued that worlds are possible without God and that a godless world contains no contradictions. Kant also argued that both the ontological and cosmological arguments are not sustainable because both attempt to establish the existence of God empirically. Kant proposed that no argument from human experience can be brought to bear on the question of the existence of a super- or supra-human entity like God. However, Kant then engages in some fancy footwork by stating that the very limitations of human knowledge actually beg the question of faith, not on the basis of any rational proof that may be offered but on the basis that the very limitations of man indicate that he needs moral guidance from a higher being.
How do Kant's arguments resonate with us today? What about Freud's view that religion is a collective neurosis? Is the Bible or the Koran the word of God? or did religion develop from the primitive totemic practices of ancient tribes.
If you are like me and ponder the meaning of life, the existence of God and all the other big questions we humans grapple with, then I hope you will find some ways of thinking about these questions when you read my latest book.
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