Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
The Feast of Fools: A Theological Essay on Festivity and Fantasy.
Cox, Harvey. (1969).
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
xii + 204 pages.
Contents: Overture, introduction,
10 essays in 3 untitled parts, coda, appendix: Some Relevant Theological
Currents, notes, index of names.
Excerpt(s): We drink
alcohol not just because we like its taste but because it produces
a certain state of consciousness. Nor is our society particularly
opposed to inducing other desired states of consciousness
(or unconsciousness) with substances in addition to alcohol. We
quaff caffeine to cajole our brains into awakening
in the morning. We drag on a pipe to relax. We order a martini
to help clinch a business deal or madeira to speed a seduction.
We pop Sleep-eze or sip warm cocoa to encourage slumber. But when
it comes to the well-publicized drugs now increasingly used by
young people, we suddenly turn angry and petulant. We serve champagne
at wedding receptions but put people behind bars for smoking marijuana.
Why? There seems to be no really convincing reason.
Certainly what medical knowledge we have of alcohol and marijuana
would not support such wildly disproportionate attitudes. But
in this confused and emotion-packed area, reason seems to have
little place. Our whole approach to stimulants, depressants, psychedelic
drugs and hallucinogens today is a quagmire of irrationality,
prejudice, and inconsistency. We unthinkingly lump hard and soft,
addictive and nonaddictive substances together under the scare
of "dope." We list marijuana with heroin as though both
belong in the same bin. We have created a panicky atmosphere that
makes careful, controlled research in the new synthetic drugs
like LSD virtually impossible. Consequently wild stories, abuse,
and sensationalism have run amuck, and rational discussion of
the issue seems impossible. (pages 105-106)
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