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What place might psychoactive sacramentals - entheogens - have in contemporary and future religious practices? Can the careful use of entheogens aid in spiritual development? What cautions ought to be considered?

The Chicago Theological Seminary and the Council on Spiritual Practices invited several dozen leaders in religion, mental health, and allied fields to consider these and other questions at a 1995 conference-retreat. The conference participants contributed essays for this book.



PS Cover Picture Psychoactive Sacramentals:
Essays on Entheogens and Religion

Edited by
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D.

With a Foreword by
Brother David Steindl-Rast, O.S.B.

Published by the Council on Spiritual Practices · San Francisco · 01 Nov. 2001

ISBN 1-889725-02-1 · xvi + 272 pages · 6"x9" · softcover

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Foreword by Brother David Steindl-Rast, O.S.B.

Chapter 1 · If I Could Change Your Mind · Rev. Mike Young, M.Div.

Chapter 2 · Do Drugs Have Religious Import? A Thirty-Five Year Retrospect · Huston Smith, Ph.D.

Chapter 3 · From State to Trait: The Challenge of Transforming Transient Insights into Enduring Change · Roger N. Walsh, M.D.

Chapter 4 · The Potential of Entheogens as Catalysts of Spiritual Development · Stanislav Grof, M.D.

Chapter 5 · Psychoactive Sacramentals: What Must Be Said · Charles T. Tart, Ph.D.

Chapter 6 · Unitive Consciousness and Pahnke's Good Friday Experiment · Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D., LCPC

Chapter 7 · Pahnke's Good Friday Experiment: A Long-term Follow-up and Methodological Critique · Rick Doblin, Ph.D.

Chapter 8 · A Pilgrim's Visit to Marsh Chapel · Thomas Jenden Riedlinger, M.T.S., F.L.S.

Chapter 9 · las noches de los ayahuasqueros · Will Penna

Chapter 10 · Mysterious Tea · Annelise Schinzinger

Chapter 11 · A Scientist's View of Miracles and Magic · Alexander T. Shulgin, Ph.D.

Chapter 12 · LSD as a Spiritual Aid · Albert Hofmann, Ph.D.

Chapter 13 · Strychnine and Other Enduring Myths: Expert and User Folklore Surrounding LSD · David Presti, Ph.D. and Jerome Beck, Dr. P.H.

Chapter 14 · Manna, the Showbread, and the Eucharist: Psychoactive Sacraments in the Bible · Dan Merkur, Ph.D.

Chapter 15 · What Is Entheology? · Rev. Aline M. Lucas, M.Div.

Chapter 16 · A Protocol for a Sacramental Service · Myron Stolaroff

Chapter 17 · A Theology of Human Liberation and Entheogens: Reflections of a Contemplative Activist · Rev. George F. Cairns, Ph.D.

Chapter 18 · Consciousness and Asian Traditions: An Evolutionary Perspective · Roger N. Walsh, M.D.

Chapter 19 · The Strengthening Aspects of Zen and Contemporary Meditation Practices · Kathleen O'Shaughnessy

Chapter 20 · Transpersonal Counseling: Some Observations Regarding Entheogens · Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.

Chapter 21 · The New Psychotherapy: MDMA and the Shadow · Ann Shulgin

Chapter 22 · The Birthing of Transcendental Medicine · Rev. Karla Hansen, M.Div.

Chapter 23 · The Judicial Architechtonics of Psychoactive Sacramentals · Richard Glen Boire, J.D.

Chapter 24 · On Nomenclature · Robert Jesse

Chapter 25 · An Entheogen Idea-Map - Future Explorations · Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D.

Appendices

Index

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