Religious Aspects of Psychedelic Drugs

Walter Houston Clark
1968 California Law Review  
Even so, this organ of knowledge must be turned around from the world of becoming together with the entire soul, like the scene shifting periact in the theater, until the soul is able to endure the contemplation of essence and the brightest region of being. -Plato SNE ASPECT of the very controversial "hallucinogenic" or "psychedelic" drugs is whether they generate religious experience, and if so, whether this experience is genuinely religious. This Article examines the available evidence that
more » ... ble evidence that psychedelic drugs do induce religious experience in hopes that its conclusions might promote rational consideration of legal issues surrounding drugs. Before considering the religious potential of psychedelic drugs, however, one must supply a working definition of "religion." Further, to identify the characteristics of a profoundly religious experience we shall study several historical figures to indicate how a person undergoing such an experience may be expected to feel and act.
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