Niezche on the origin of religion
1. subliminate violence
2. Metaphysical comfort
religion as infantile wish.
religion-->never lost perfect authority
Religion = Opium.
religion as tool of the ruling class, get the ppor to internalize values that keep them poor and oppressed.
Johnston's "saving God'
response to atheists: thank you. God wouldn't want us to practice religion under these decisions. Atheists help expose idolatry.
worship that keeps worldly values at heart and merely projects them to another realm.
the genetic fallacy
discredit or support a claim based on its origin when such an appeal is irrelevant.
1. mystical experience--> microseizures in temporal lobe, there is no such thing.
Neuroscience tells us nothing about the validity of mystical experience, it only tells us which physical events correlate with mystic experience. Encountering God is a different issue, can only be decided by whether or not we encounter God, and Nietzche, Freud, and Marx realize this.