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Topic Philosophy of Religion Thesis Is there a God or is He an illusion Bibliography Benedict Spinoza - rationalist Freidrick Schleiermacher - religion Sigmund Freud - atheist An illusion is ones own interpretation and perception of someone or something It can be a strong belief or a wish They are not necessarily false or errors The strength of the illusion lies in the strength of wish fulfillment For example - People at first interpret phenomenas according to their experience and knowledge of their every day life They project their own character into the circumstance presented and regard it as somehow ensouled Such indefinite notions are transformed into a distinct conception of a higher order than human beings and yet somehow resembling them As it may seem humans have a metaphysical speculative need for a Supreme Being God as we call him He is the eternal and infinite Spirit Creator of the Universe and the ultimate power We present him with human characteristics in all concepts of God which has led me to believe that it is not God who created man in His image but man who creates God in his Religion is one such need based on myth and spiritualism People are taught about their religion at a young age and when they grow up they attempt to account for things using the notion of their religion as the basis for their speculations On the other hand there is no truth so certain as the existence of God He is the groundwork of all our hopes and our foundation of morality and society Nothing exists without a cause Although we cant demonstrate a soul-substance and the immortality of a soul or demonstrate anything concerning the nature of God there is still a dependency on him so that we cannot ascribe a personality to God in the case that it would make him finite God is the universe conceived as an eternal
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