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Preach On, Sigmund Freud

March 24, 2013

“[W]e must not forget that all those peoples who excel today in their hatred of Jews became Christians only in late historic times, often driven to it by bloody coercion. It might be said that they are all ‘misbaptized.’ They have been left, under a thin veneer of Christianity, what their ancestors were, who worshiped a barbarous polytheism. They have not got over the grudge against the new religion which was imposed on them; but they have displaced the grudge on the source from which Christianity reached them. The fact that the Gospels tell a story which is set among Jews and in fact deals only with Jews, has made this displacement easy for them. Their hatred of Jews is at the bottom a hatred of Christians, and we need not be surprised that in the German National Socialist revolution this intimate relation between the two monotheistic religions finds such a clear expression in the hostile treatment of both of them.” (The standard edition of the complete psychological works of Sigmund Freud [henceforth S.E.]  vol. 23, p.91-92)

   “One would like to mix among the ranks of the believers, in order to meet those philosophers, who think they can rescue the God of religion by replacing Him by an impersonal, shadowy, and abstract principle, and to adress them with the warning words: ‘Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord, thy God, in vain.'” (S.E., vol. 12. p. 74.) The original source for this quote is from Civilization and its Discontents.

Both of these quotes were found in Paul C. Vitz’ incredibly interesting book Sigmund Freud’s Christian Unconscious 

Current Listening: The good songs from R.E.M.’s Automatic For The People: “Try Not To Breathe,” “Everybody Hurts,” “Man On The Moon,” “Nightswimming,” “Find the River.”

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