Mountain header image

<- 19


The best pre-psychoanalytical appearance of the Father may be in what I think is the climactic paragraph of Kant's major work on religion.

As church, therefore, i.e. considered as the mere representative of a state ruled by God, an ethical community really has nothing in its principles that resembles a political constitution. Its constitution is neither monarchical (under a pope or patriarch {my bolding}), nor aristocratic (under bishops or prelates), nor democratic (as of sectarian illuminati). It could best of all be likened to the constitution of a household (a family) under a common though invisible moral father, whose holy son, who knows the father's will and yet stands in blood relation with all the members of the family, takes his father's place by making the other members better acquainted with his will; these therefore honor the father in him and thus enter into a free, universal, enduring union of hearts. — (Kant, Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason, 6:102)