Religion is the universal obsessional neurosis of humanity; arising like the obsessional neurosis of children out of the Oedipus complex, out of the relation to the father.
Sigmund Freud,
The Future of an Illusion, 1927

According to Freud God epitomizes the Great Father and religion channels the fear of castration. He deemed that the abstract monotheistic Judaism with its penalizing father proves the omnipresence of the Oedipus conflict. Freud thought that religiousness is a product of the Oedipus conflict and the fear of castration. He related piousness to sexual repression. Thus Judaism must have utilized the fear of a severe exacting father inherited from the cruel past. In fact, however, that psychoanalysis exploits the abstract religious mind-set and anti-sex attitude of Judaism in order to to prove its own thesis of the primal role of father-fearing in the psychosexual development.

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