This Explains a Lot7 March, 2008
From Yahoo News:
JERUSALEM (AFP) – High on Mount Sinai, Moses was on psychedelic drugs when he heard God deliver the Ten Commandments, an Israeli researcher claimed in a study published this week.
Such mind-altering substances formed an integral part of the religious rites of Israelites in biblical times, Benny Shanon, a professor of cognitive psychology at thewrote in the Time and Mind journal of philosophy.
“As far as Moses on Mount Sinai is concerned, it was either a supernatural cosmic event, which I don’t believe, or a legend, which I don’t believe either, or finally, and this is very probable, an event that joined Moses and the people ofunder the effect of narcotics,” Shanon told Israeli public radio on Tuesday.
Moses was probably also on drugs when he saw the “burning bush,” suggested Shanon, who said he himself has dabbled with such substances.
“says people see sounds, and that is a clasic phenomenon,” he said citing the example of religious ceremonies in the in which drugs are used that induce people to “see music.”
He mentioned his own experience when he used ayahuasca, a powerful psychotropic plant, during a religious ceremony in‘s in 1991. “I experienced visions that had spiritual-religious connotations,” Shanon said.
He said the psychedelic effects of ayahuasca were comparable to those produced by concoctions based on bark of the acacia tree, that is frequently mentioned in the Bible.
Well, that would certainly explain why “Thou Shalt Not Do Drugs” is not a commandment.
Maybe the religious right will now come out in favour of psychotropic drugs (that “Old Time Religion,” dontcha know). Christianity stopped macro-evolving about 500 AD (the differences in doctrine introduced during the Reformation are mild compared to the different Christianities of the first 500 years), though micro-evolution continues within almost all sects. Perhaps they stopped with the mind altering drugs about that time.
The other way to look at it, though, is that strong psychadelic drugs could certainly help explain some of the drivel coming from the mouths of Dobson, Robertson, et al (those aren’t pearls of wisdom dropping from their lips, those are marbles being lost). A mind on drugs could certainly come up with such innanities as ‘liberals caused 9/11’ and ‘give me money or god will take me away.’