Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
Religious Experience: Its Nature and Function in the Human Psyche.
Clark, Walter Houston; Malony, H. Newton; Tippett, Alan R. (1973).
Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.
Description: First edition,
xii + 151 pages.
Contents: Foreword by
Lee Edward Travis, preface by H. Newton
Malony, 7 chapters, appendix: Questions
and Answers to Lectures, index.
Note: The first John
G. Finch Symposium of Psychology and Religion.
Excerpt(s): The thrust
of Doctor Clark's position is that man has the capacity for religious
experience within himself. His approach is in the classical tradition
of William James, which sees the roots of
religion not in its secondary growth of church, belief, or ethics,
but in religious experience. ... The book shows that properly
directed, profound religious experiences are potent sources of
personality change. ... This is a theory long neglected by psychologists
and too often by the churches. The most controversial aspect of
the lectures is Doctor Clark's affirmation of the value of induced
religious experience through the use of drugs. (dust jacket)
In the early years of the 1960's, certain religious
scholars began to be aware of a superlative instrument for the
study of religious experience. This was the psychedelic or "mind-revealing"
drugs. They are mind revealing in the sense that people who ingest
them nearly always become aware of capacities they did not know
they possessed, the most surprising being their mystical potentialities.
I have written about this subject in my Chemical
Ecstasy (1969). Some self-styled experts have labeled the
religious effects of the drugs illusory, a kind of religious fake.
I have carefully and critically studied the subject for 10 years
through firsthand investigation and self-experimentation and have
come to the conclusion that if this a fake religion, then the
fake is frequently better than the real thing. There are many
well-attested cases on record of dramatic, lasting conversions
and religious growth of a profound nature following use of LSD-type
drugs. (page 17)
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