Freud's Lens Application of Freud's Research Paper

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When it comes to Jim Jones, it is a fact that the declaration of the day of dooms 5th May, 1967 not a reality to any normal person. Jones followers were so much brainwashed to believe that Guyanese Jungle could be immune from nuclear war. Freud's believe that religions grow out of homicide are evident in Madhis movement (Hicks 64). Due to the factor that Sudan was under colonial rule, it is likely that the country experience killing and persecution of those who failed to obey the colonizers rule. This factor contributed eminently to the resign of the Madhi movement. The same is evident in Jim Jones followers. Initially majority of his followers were black and historically, most countries including United States of America were undergoing racialism. This factor made majority of the blacks join Jim Jones movement.

Freud's theory on religion explains that most people join religion because of unfilled psychological needs. The Madhi movement evidently illustrates this factor, as majority of the followers were the poor. The rich normally have plenty of resources whereby most of their physical, emotion and psychology needs are fulfilled (Craig et al. 43). This is contrary to the poor for most of their time is spent on looking for resources to fulfill the social, emotional and psychological hunger. If those needs are not easy to come by, they eventually seek divine intervention, as it was the case with Madhi followers. The same is evident in Jones followers. His embarked on faith healing and Christian revival ministries. The sick especially the terminally ill patient loses hope in life and divine intervention is left as the only source of hope.

Freud's theory on religion regards the move by followers of a religious group to seek divine intervention as an unconscious response to activities geared towards repression. In
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a colonial rule, chances are that there are evident cases of oppression. The oppressed normally have no means of expressing what they go through. To resolve the problems associated with oppression, the affected people unconsciously find themselves looking for means of resolving their problems. A good way to achieve this is by joining a religion (Ellens 69). The two cases clearly illustrate that sects do not live for long after the death of their initiator. The Madhis movement did not last for long after the death of Mohammed Ahmed. Additionally the forces within the sect or outside may lead to its failure. When Jim Jones was accused of infidelity, his church started to disintegrate.

Sect leaders use them to satisfy their personal gain. Jim Jones church has acquired many assets, most of which were under association. In the case of Madhi movement, Mohammed Ahmed became popular and to an extent, his followers worshiped him. People whose initial idea could be spiritual author sects. After some time the original ideal fades away. For example, Mohammed Ahmed initial motive was real spiritual but eventually his motives were geared towards gaining political ambition. On the other hand, Jim Jones was truly advocating for Christian values and beliefs. As time went by, he drifted from those values by engaging with activities contrary to the Christian teaching. His infidelity case was a true sign of duration his moral values as a Christian (Ellens 71).

Works Cited

Craig, William L, Antony Flew, and Stan W. Wallace. Does God Exist?: The Craig-Flew Debate. Aldershot, Hants, England, Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2002. Print.

Ellens, JH. Explaining Evil. Santa Barbara, Calif: Praeger, 2011. Print.

Hicks, David. Ritual and Belief: Readings in the Anthropology of Religion. Lanham, Md: AltaMira Press, 2010. Print.

Kirkland, Russell. "An Introduction to the Philosophy & Religion of Taoism: Pathways to Immortality." CHOICE Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 43.1 (2006): 1617(1). Print.

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Works Cited

Craig, William L, Antony Flew, and Stan W. Wallace. Does God Exist?: The Craig-Flew Debate. Aldershot, Hants, England, Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2002. Print.

Ellens, JH. Explaining Evil. Santa Barbara, Calif: Praeger, 2011. Print.

Hicks, David. Ritual and Belief: Readings in the Anthropology of Religion. Lanham, Md: AltaMira Press, 2010. Print.

Kirkland, Russell. "An Introduction to the Philosophy & Religion of Taoism: Pathways to Immortality." CHOICE Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 43.1 (2006): 1617(1). Print.

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