Entheogenesis Conference: Prof. Thomas Roberts

Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. (Stanford) a professor of educational psychology at Northern Illinois University, presents ‘The New Gutenberg Reformation – Entheogenic Experience as the Basis of Religion’
The New Gutenburg Reformation

ABSTRACT: We are going through a major reorganization in Western religions now,similar to the one that occurred around 1500. Before then for the ordinary person (not monks or priests) taking part in religion primarily meant going to mass on Sunday, attending church festivals, praying, and other religious behaviors.

With the advent of the printing press and movable type, printing the Bible democratized a new kind of religious activity for the common person – – reading text and interpreting it. This eventually changed the whole nature of Western society and education; it became important that everyone should read in order to read “the holy word.” Then, new interpretations resulted, and new churches flourished.

Today the current transistion adds another layer of religious activity. Entheogens make it possible for the ordinary person to experience primary religious experience (mystical experience). Just as the printed Bible democratized access to religous text, entheogens democratize access to primary religious experience.

What new interpretations are occuring, and what new churches may spring forth? What changes may result?

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Paper presented at Entheogenesis 2004, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Jan 31st, 2004.

Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. ([email protected])
Dept. of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL. 60115