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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

Mystery, Magic and Miracle: Religion in a Post-Aquarian Age.

Heenan, Edward F. (Editor). (1973).
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

ISBN: 0-13-609032-X hardcover

0-13-609024-9 paperback

Description: Hardcover, xii + 180 pages, a Spectrum series book.

Contents: Preface, introduction, 10 chapters, notes on the contributors.

Contributors: Raziel Abelson, Ronald M. Enroth, John Fritscher, T. George Harris, Edward F. Heenan, Leary, Arthur Morrow, Jacob C. Breckenridge Peters, Michael Wyschpgrod.

Note: Three chapters are of particular entheogenic interest (1) The Religious Experience: Its Production and Interpretation by Timothy Leary, (2) Psychedelics and Religion: A Symposium by Raziel Abelson, Allen Ginsberg and Michael Wyschograd, (3) Winds from the East: Youth and Counter Culture by Jacob Needleman.

Excerpt(s): When Martin Luther fastened his ninety-five theses to the door of All Saints' Church on the eve of All Saints' Day in 1517, he initiated a religious revolution in Christianity whose impact has lasted for over four hundred years. From that point in history the unity of Western religion was lost in the rise of Protestantism. Perhaps even more important than the dissolution of religious unity was the inherent rejection in Protestantism of the mysterious, magical, and miraculous phenomena that had been endemic to the Catholic tradition. ...

When Timothy Leary organized the League for Spiritual Discovery in Millbrook, New York, in the late 1960s, he gave impetus to a second religious revolution in Christianity, the impact of which has yet to be fully felt. From that point in history, it became clear that a significant number of American youth had rediscovered the values of mystery, magic, and miracle in their quest for meaningful definitions of society and self. ... Instead of simple adherence to systems of belief, they sought profound religious experience. In effect, these young Americans have created the seeds of a second Reformation. (Introduction: The Second Reformation, page 1)

... The ethos of the drug scene is basic to understanding religion in the post-Aquarian age because psychedelic drugs have reawakened a dormant interest in the mysterious and transcendent aspects of religion. Specifically, psychedelic drugs can offer mystical phenomena of a scale never before possible in the history of religion. That is, psychedelic drugs can induce religious experiences in mass society, and, what is more, it can be done without a formally organized church. In addition, the drug ethos has permeated society and expanded the interest in transcendent experience to such an extant that it made possible the emergence of both the occult explosion and the Jesus movement. (pages 4-5)

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