Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
LSD The Problem-Solving Drug.
Stafford, P. G., and Golightly, B. H. (1967).
New York: Award Books.
x + 11-288 pages.
Contents: Preface by
Humphry Osmond, introduction by Duncan B.
Blewett, 9 chapters, afterword by Stanley
Krippner, other literature in the field, index.
however, are impatient creatures and do not wish to hasten slowly.
Even when innovation has been successfully repressed, such success
has often had bitter consequences. The elimination of the Albigensians
by fire and sword is not now seen as a particularly credible episode
in European Church history, even though it was considered to be
a crusade at the time. Galileo's forced recantation
is now seen as being an unnecessary blunder by Pope Urban
VII and his advisors. It did not achieve its goal; however, even
the Vatican did not attempt to prevent people from grinding telescope
and other lenses, and astronomers continued to look at the stars.
Today it is possible to make reasonably efficient and not very
dangerous psychedelics more easily and more inconspicuously than
it was to grind even moderately efficient lenses in the seventeenth
century. (Humphry Osmond, preface, page 13)
The discovery of LSD marked one of the three major
scientific breakthroughs of the twentieth century. In physics,
the splitting of the atom provided access to undreamed-of energy.
The biologists are on the threshold of learning how to manipulate
genetic structures and bringing the process of evolution under
human control. In psychology, the psychedelics have provided the
key to the unimaginable vastness of the unconscious mind. For,
as Suzuki stated, "our consciousness
is nothing but an insignificant floating piece of island in the
ocean encircling the earth. But it is through this little fragment
of land that we can look out to the immense expanse of the unconscious
In the last of these discoveries lies the key to
survival. For if man is to cope with his newfound physical and
biological power and responsibility, there must be an abrupt and
decisive revision of human psychology. The motives that have made
human history a chronicle of bloodshed and brutality will otherwise
certainly and shortly lead to the annihilation of the species.
The psychedelics offer the hope that we are on the
threshold of a new renaissance in which man's view of himself
will undergo dramatic change. Alienated and encapsulated, he has
become trapped by his history in outmoded institutions which disfigure
him with the creed of original sin; corrupt him with fear of economic
insecurity; dement him with the delusion that mass murder is an
inevitable outcome of his nature; debase him to believe that butchery
in the name of the state is a sacred duty, and leave him so crippled
that he is afraid to seek self-understanding or to love and trust
himself, his neighbor, or his God. (Duncan B. Blewett,
introduction, pages 18-19)
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