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Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy

Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index

The Denominational Society: A Sociological Approach to Religion in America.

Greeley, Andrew M. (1972).
Glenview, IL: Scott, Foresman and Company.

ISBN: none

Description: Paperback, vi + 266 pages.

Contents: Preface, introduction, 11 chapters, bibliography, index.

Excerpt(s): Thus, there are many phenomena that can occur in man's life which can take him outside himself, giving him the feeling of being released from the bonds of limitation, matter, and mortality, and putting him in touch with the transcendent. By no means are all of them religious, though there does seem to be a tendency to equate many of them with religion for example, the frequent use of religious terms in describing the effects of the hallucinogenic drugs. However, if not all ecstatic experiences are religious, some of them are; and men who have experienced the ecstasy of art or love (much less alcohol) describe them as through there are similarities in the various experiences. (page 13)

The major emphasis at the present time in Christian piety is, of course, incarnational, one might even say incarnational with a vengance. Nonetheless, there are signs in the world beyond the churches that modern man is beginning to believe that the world might be too much with us, and the hippie who advises us to tune out so that we can turn on, to leave behind the world of "squares" so that we might see things the way the "really are," is surely giving an eschatological message. (pages 26-27)

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