According to contemporary philosopher Daniel Dennett, “religions are among the most powerful natural phenomena on the planet.” Teasing out the broader implications of religion is difficult due to its subjective, experiential nature. However, progress is not impossible, and this paper examines religion through the lens of the 20th century thinker Jacques Lacan. First, a basic overview is given of Lacanian psychoanalytic theory. Next, Lacanian ideology is cross applied to religion and its origin. Religion, according to Lacan, is the byproduct of individuals diagnosable as psychotics. Neurotics are responsible for this delusion’s continuation and present day popularity. If nothing else, such a conclusion is helpful because it provides us with a new perspective on religion and how it relates to us as human beings.
Lambert, Ryan L.
"A Lacanian Assessment of Religion,"
Rollins Undergraduate Research Journal: Vol. 5
, Article 7.
Available at: http://scholarship.rollins.edu/rurj/vol5/iss2/7