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
xii + 180 pages, a Spectrum series book.
Contents: Preface, introduction,
10 chapters, notes on the contributors.
Raziel Abelson, Ronald
John Fritscher, T. George Harris, Edward
F. Heenan, Leary,
Breckenridge Peters, Michael Wyschpgrod.
Note: Three chapters
are of particular entheogenic interest (1) The
Experience: Its Production and Interpretation by Timothy Leary,
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
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,
... 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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