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Running Head: CAN GOD’S EXISTENCE BE PROVEN?
Can God’s Existence be proven?
Freud’s Perspective on Whether God’s Existence Can be proven
Freud argues against the existence of God. God, in this case, is the monotheistic A
monotheistic God is a God who rules over all and is not in any form present physically. Most
Jewish dissent religions believe in monotheistic Gods. The monotheistic God is, according to
Freud, an illusion. Freud’s philosophy was all about elimination of illusions. He is not blinded by
his believe not to look into other arguments because he believes in reason. He looks into some
arguments on the existence of God but all in all he does not get convinced. One idea he looks
into is the Brentano argument of the Existence of God among others (Solomon, Martin, &
Higgins, 2012). The philosophy of Freud challenges the existence of God and looks into religion
as an illusion that cannot be proven or disproven, and one that is not built on experience or
reason as discussed in this paper.
Brentano’s argument and Freud’s Refutation
Freud looks into Brentano’s argument in the existence of God. Brentano believes that it is
God’s nature to be viewed as perfect (Solomon, Martin, & Higgins, 2012). Brentano also
mentions that what is perfect is by nature necessary. He goes on to argue that what is necessary
is existent, which proves that God is existent. Brentano describes the existence of God as a
necessity that is transcendental, which is subjected to being from nowhere (ex nihilo), and to be
without the need of subject to record its effect. This argument may be seen as strong, but it was
far from convincing Freud. Freud appreciates the efforts of Brentano to prove the existence of
God with this argument, but he disputes it as being fallacious (Solomon, Martin, & Higgins,
2012). Freud says that the argument is bad ...