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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 Dream Sellers: Perspectives on Drug Dealers.

Blum, Richard, and associates. (1972).
San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

ISBN: 0-87589-119-5

Description: Hardcover, first edition, xx + 384 pages.

Contents: preface, associates (co-authors), 28 chapters divided into 4 parts: 1. Perspective on the Dealer, 2.Comparing Dealers, 3. Comparing settings, 4. College Dealers, 5. High School and Junior High Dealers, 6. Drug Dissemination and the Professional, epilogue, bibliography, index.

Contributors: Desmond Banks, Noel W. Barker, Eva Maria Blum, Gail A. Crawford, Emily Garfield, mark Garfield, David Garvin, Patrick H. Hughes, Jerome H. Jaffe, Peggy Joseph, Edward Lewis, Thomas Martinez, Nicholas Munson, Lee Ross, Suzanne Schumann, Jean Paul Smith, Robert Spaan, Alan Sutter, Jonathan Wolfe.

Note: Chapter 21 "Holy Rock Bible College," co-authored with Jonathan Wolfe, will interest readers of this guide.

Excerpt(s): At the gate of Holy Rock Bible College, located in California's beautiful wooded hills, a sign proclaims, "The end of the world is nearer than you think! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!" The religious character of the college is pervasive. In order to be admitted, a student not only must meet academic standards but "a definite experience of Christian conversion is also essential." ... The college's strict discipline is exemplified by this statement from the Student Handbook: The following are not permitted: Participation or involvement in gatherings where dancing, social or otherwise, is exercised. Possession and/or use of any forms of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, marijuana, and other drugs. Attendance at public theatres." (page 259)

Twenty students described themselves as exdealers. Ten indicted that they had used illicit drugs (most regularly) but had not sold them regularly and for profit. The remainder 70 percent of our sample denied any experimentation or use with any illicit psychoactive substance. At the time of the interview no student was either selling or using any illicit drug. Our evangelical group, then, contains within it a 30 per cent sector who are "reformed" users, 20 per cent of whom are exdealers. Their reformation, in our opinion, contains two elements: one, a very dramatic shift in values and in conduct in the direction of Christian salvation (as they see it); the other, a continuation of conduct which, at an inner level, is an expression of when went on before. (page 260)

As with alcohol, the majority of [ex]dealers and [ex]users state that they quit the use of illegal drugs for religious reasons.

I found a better high in Jesus. Jesus can't even be compared to drugs. Jesus is reality. I'd have to come down to light up a joint.

Grass was a substitute for real joy and peace that can only be found through Jesus Christ and at best it is a poor substitute. Grass is temporary and illusionary, but Jesus is real and satisfies the inner longings of my heart.

Heroin was destroying my mind mentally and my body physically, and God cured me of that habit.
(page 262)

At Holy Rock we do see their next step on the path of changing life, which is, after drug peddling, conversion to the living Christ and denunciation of Satan's tools and counterfeit coin, illicit drugs, and the drug life. (page 262)

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