Freud believed that the mind would repress the unfulfilled desire and any trauma to the unconscious mind and this is what he would call religion. I believe that this can link to the psychological challenge because if someone who has had a religious experience had a past of doing drugs or had a mental illness than this may cause them to start seeing things like God or use religion as an excuse for their desires as Freud would think. The trauma that someone who has had an experience or believed in religion had could be the mental illness or the use of drugs. This than challenges the religious experience argument due to the use of drugs and mental illness, the things that someone think they see or that they believe have been created from the human mind.
Freud’s view of God was that God was a projection and an imaginary father figure for whom inadequate people could rely on for imaginary protection. His feelings for the father figure became so strong that he became divinised and transformed into the Gods of religion therefore religion is an illusion created by the mind to help us resolve the inner conflict suffered during sexual development. This challenges the religious experience argument as people would need more than just religion and would want to witness this father figure so they would be able to make up in their mind that they had a religious experience and because of the high amount of love that they have for this father figure, they are blinded of the fact that it’s only imaginary.