Now the function of religion is to prevent, to render needless just this suppression of conflict. Man has made for himself representations of beings stronger and more splendid than himself, he has lost all sense that they are really projections of his own desire and to these beings he hands over his conflict, he no longer needs to banish the conflict into the unconscious but gods will see to it and fight on his side. … Theology thus is seen to have high biological value. … It is the science of the images of human desire, impulse, aspiration. — Jane Ellen Harrison

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