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The entheogen theory of religion

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Burrows Jan 14, 2014. 121 Replies

According to the entheogen theory of religion: religion is essentially rooted in the experience of intense psychedelic tripping, the world religions consist of collections of stories which serve as…Continue

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John Burrows replied to John Burrows's discussion 'The entheogen theory of religion'
"“not one (if I may suggest) finds anything solid, by way of a 'theory' or explanation.” The theory is very simple and clear – it states that the origin, essence and ongoing wellspring of religion is the experience of…"
Jan 14, 2014
Jimmy replied to John Burrows's discussion 'The entheogen theory of religion'
"While Huxley doesn't speak about psychedelics in "Perennial Philosophy," he does speak of these kind of experiences in terms of mystical experiences and mysticism. Alan Watts borrowed the term "cosmic consciousness" from…"
Nov 18, 2013
Jimmy replied to John Burrows's discussion 'The entheogen theory of religion'
"I have a sort of different perspective on this. Since you've mentioned Gautama, I suppose I will start with Buddhism. If you look into Buddhism, Gautama isn't necessarily emphasized as the one appointed individual who is a "special…"
Nov 18, 2013
John Burrows replied to John Burrows's discussion 'The entheogen theory of religion'
"@ Jimmy “that's why I find this title "Entheogen Theory of Religion" to be somewhat misleading only if you interpret it through Huxey's "Perennial Philosophy."” Bear in mind that Huxley wrote that book…"
Nov 16, 2013
John Burrows replied to John Burrows's discussion 'The entheogen theory of religion'
"@ Jimmy “Have you ever looked into the case of Ramana Maharshi or other practitioners of advaita vedanta? The insight they arrive at seem quite on par with the insight one takes from psychedelics” Per the entheogen theory of religion,…"
Nov 16, 2013
James Cox replied to John Burrows's discussion 'The entheogen theory of religion'
"11. Thou shall not assume that a belief is true, because you believe it to be so. (Self Referencing)  "
Nov 14, 2013
Dan replied to John Burrows's discussion 'The entheogen theory of religion'
Nov 14, 2013
John Burrows replied to John Burrows's discussion 'The entheogen theory of religion'
"@ Gallup's mirror “Not religious experiences. Not mystical experiences.Mystical-type experiences. Now what do you suppose is the difference between a mystical experience and a mystical-type experience? ” There is no specific…"
Nov 14, 2013
John Burrows replied to John Burrows's discussion 'The entheogen theory of religion'
"@ Jimmy Do you really believe that people can experience ego death just by meditating?"
Nov 13, 2013
John Burrows replied to John Burrows's discussion 'The entheogen theory of religion'
"The Johns Hopkins study confirmed that psilocybin causes mystical type experiences, and that study was an update of the psilocybin study at Harvard in the sixties. It is very well established now that this is what the 'entheogenic' class…"
Nov 13, 2013
John Burrows replied to John Burrows's discussion 'The entheogen theory of religion'
"@ Jimmy "One thing that I'm not sure about in Hoffman's theory is he relates this "ego death" experience to a fatalism." How are you 'not sure' about this part of Hoffman's theory? This is not the…"
Nov 13, 2013
John Burrows replied to John Burrows's discussion 'The entheogen theory of religion'
"@ Gallup's Mirror "It only "makes sense" if you blow your brains out on psychedelic drugs" You need to take psychedelic drugs in order to know what these kind of experiences are like, but it is still possible to understand…"
Nov 13, 2013
John Burrows replied to John Burrows's discussion 'The entheogen theory of religion'
""Trying to add drugs in here is then superfluous" The crucial point here is that the drugs are the only ergonomic (ie repeatable and reliable) tool for triggering the psychedelic state of consciousness. It might be true that people with…"
Nov 13, 2013
James Cox replied to John Burrows's discussion 'The entheogen theory of religion'
"I sometimes get into this state when I realize that many jobs involve monotony, small checks, and limited residuals to pursue hobbies. At the bank today, during a moment when a teller asked, 'does anyone need help?', I suggested that I am…"
Nov 12, 2013
Rocky john replied to John Burrows's discussion 'The entheogen theory of religion'
"Gallup- "Oi, he's just makin' it up as he goes along!"- life of Brian."
Nov 12, 2013
Rocky john replied to John Burrows's discussion 'The entheogen theory of religion'
"@Gallups- I am a person who have had these experiences from drugs and other means that do not require carpet bombing my brain with chemicals. And even  i really can not understand how the hell they draw these conclusions from it. Just because…"
Nov 12, 2013

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At 12:08pm on November 9, 2013, Strega said…

hi John!  Welcome to Think Atheist :)

 
 
 

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