The religious is not neurotic at all. He is religious. But he looks like a neurotic, because he too combines things around what really is the desire of the Other. The only difference is that, because this is an Other that does not exist, because it is God, we need proof. So we pretend the Other is asking for something. Victims, for example. That is why this gradually becomes confused with the attitude of the neurotic, and especially the obsessional neurotic. It looks terribly like all the techniques used in victimary ceremonies
You will say that I am now advancing something that is no more transparent for that. But I’m not looking for transparency, I am trying, first of all, to stick to what we find in our experience, and if it is not transparent, well that’s too bad.
From My Teaching, Jacques Lacan