Peter Gay (June 20, 1923 – May 12, 2015) is the author of more than twenty-five books, including The Enlightenment: An Interpretation, a multi-volume award winner; Weimar Culture: The Outsider as Insider (1968), a bestseller; and the widely translated Freud: A Life for Our Time (1988).
Last summer I first stumbled upon the Greek philosopher Xenophanes who famously speculated more than 2,500 years ago that if animals had means to create art, they would depict their gods in their own image, in other words, as animals.
Yesterday, I researched “Man created God in his own image,” the dictum that reverses the biblical phrase “God created man in his own image”.
Feuerbach, whom I know via French Situationist Guy Debord, who quoted him in The Society of the Spectacle.
Freud, who saw the reverse dictum as exemplary in his psychological projection theory.
The illustration (above) is Michelangelo’s detail of Sistine Chapel fresco Creation of the Sun and Moon by which depicts God as an old man with a white beard.
Makes sense, doesn’t it?