Entheogens and the Future of Religion
by Robert Forte (Editor)
Includes essays by Albert Hofmann, R. Gordon Wasson, Jack Kornfield, Ann Shulgin, Alexander Shulgin, Robert Jesse, Thomas Riedlinger, Eric Sterling, Rick Strassman, Thomas Roberts, Dale Pendell, Terence McKenna, David Steindl-Rast, and more.
This is a work of responsible advocacy. Forte and his dozen principal contributors seek the wide acceptance, including legalization and mature practice, of "entheogens" -- "god spawning" psychoactive substances (LSD, mescalin [sic], etc.) that are deemed especially suited for use on designated or readily identifiable sacramental occasions. At its best, it is excellent (see, e.g., Forte's conversations with R.G. Wasson and Jack Kornfield). Ample lists of references accompany most of the individual chapters. The book should prove to be a welcome complement to other serious studies in mysticism (including those that take a fundamentally different tack).
-- C. MacCormick, emeritus, Wells College
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