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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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Psychedelic Drugs and Religion (Topical Issue) Journal of Psychedelic Drugs, (Winter, 1967-78). , Vol. 1, No. 2.
San Francisco: Haight-Ashbury Medical Clinic
in Association with the Medical Center Psychopharmacology Study Group.

ISBN: None

Description: Topical issue, wrappers, iv +146 pages.

Contents: Partial Table of Contents

1Editor's Note, by David E. Smith
3The Religious Experience: Its Production and Interpretation, by Timothy Leary
24Hippies and Early Christianity, by William H. McGlothlin
36Hippies and the Media (Comments on Hippies and Early Christians by William McGlothlin), by John Luce
38L.S.D. and the Highroads, by Meher Baba
45Symposium: Psychedelic Drugs and Religion, by David E. Smith, Robert Downing, Roger Sutton, & Bernard Gunther
72Peyote and the Native American Church, by Charolette Cardon
77Religious Defenses (The Native American Church), by J. S. Slotkin
96The Psychedelic Experience-A New Concept in Psychotherapy by J. N. Sherwood, M. J. Harman

Excerpt(s): In addition, the drug-induced psychedelic experience has within the last two years served as a major stimulus in the formation of a sociological movement popularly described as "the Hippies".

A majority of the people in this movement feel that psychedelic drugs of the LSD type induce a religious experience which serves as the basis for a profound change in attitude and behavior manifesting itself in the state of "hippiness." (David E. Smith, Editor's Note, page 1)

The motivation for the development of the topic of our conference today "The Religious Significance of Psychedelic Drugs," came about primarily because of a prejudice which seems to prevail, particularly in the medical community; that people take drugs of the LSD type for kicks, for social status, and that use of the psychedelic drugs is similar to use of alcohol or similar narcotic drug use; that no deeper meaning exists, at least in its motivational aspects. However, to people working in the field, it seems to have become apparent that most of the motivation for the use of psychedelic drugs actually stems from an entirely different source. (David E. Smith, Symposium, page 45)

If someone desires to achieve a religious experience, if this is the motivation for his drug use, then there must be an underlying reason for this desire. If an individual wants to achieve a religious experience, it is implied that, at least in many cases, there is a spiritual void in his life which has not been filled by other techniques more commonly offered in the society in which he lives. The individual who takes the psychedelic drug is, in effect, trying to find an alternative to what he apparently considered a negative or absent experience, in that society. (David E. Smith, Symposium, page 47)

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