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Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy

Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
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LSD Psychotherapy.

Grof, Stanislav. (1980).
Pomona, CA: Hunter House.

ISBN:0-88706-541-4 paperback
0-88706-540-6 hardcover
ISBN: 0-89793-008-8

Description: First edition, 352 pages.

Contents: List of color plates, preface, acknowledgments, 9 chapters, epilogue: The Future of LSD Psychotherapy, bibliography, 2 appendices: A. Crisis Intervention in Situations Related to Unsupervised Use of Psychedelics, B: The Effects of LSD on Chromosomes, Genetic Mutation, Fetal Development and Malignancy with 118 references, index.

Excerpt(s): Whether the experiences produced by LSD are genuine mystical revelations or just very convincing simulations thereof, they are certainly phenomena of great interest for theologians, ministers, and students of religion. Within a few hours, individuals gain profound insights into the nature of religion, and in many instances their purely theoretical understanding and formal belief is vitalized by a deep personal experience of the transcendental realms. This opportunity can be particularly important for those ministers who profess a religion, but at the same time harbor serious doubts about the truth and relevance of what they preach. Several priests and theologians who volunteered for our LSD training program at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center were skeptics or atheists who were involved in their professions for a variety of external reasons. For them, the spiritual experiences they had in their LSD sessions were important evidence that spirituality is a genuine and deeply relevant force in human life. This realization liberated them from the conflict they had had about their professions, and from the burden of hypocrisy. In several instances, the relatives and friends of these individuals reported that their sermons following the LSD session showed unusual power and natural authority. (pages 264-265, 268)

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