Isn't Religion Just a Psychological Delusion - Just Wishful Thinking to Comfort People?

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Building W20: Stratton Student Center, Lobdell Dining - 2nd Floor
84 MASSACHUSETTS AVE, Cambridge, MA 02139

Many today would say they do not want to believe in God, but that those who do are driven to do so as a kind of wish fulfillment.  This “You wish” argument against belief in God goes back to Voltaire, Diderot, Darwin, and Feuerbach.  And it was most popularized and sharpened by Freud. Freud referred to religion as “the universal obsessional neurosis of humanity,” and claimed that the spiritual worldview “distorts the picture of the real world in a delusional manner.” Dr. Brandon Unruh will help us examine these claims and critiques from his own lived experience and his professional experience as a clinician.

DR. BRANDON UNRUH, M.D - Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and clinician at McLean Hospital

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Conferences/Seminars/Lectures, Meetings/Gatherings, Community Event

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Religious/Spiritual, Academic, IAP (Independent Activities Period)

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Students, Faculty, Staff


God, Philosophy, Christianity, reason, MIT community


Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life


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