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Fuller, Robert C (2000) Stairways to heaven: drugs in American religious history. Boulder: Westview.

This book Explores the historical link between mind-altering substances and religious experience in the United States.

From Native Americans' use of tobacco for solemnizing oaths to the spread of New Age religious beliefs in Haight-Ashbury coffeehouses, drugs have been intimately associated with American spirituality. Stairways to Heaven illustrates how such substances as peyote, jimson weed, hallucinogenic mushrooms, LSD, marijuana, wine, and coffee have stimulated ecstatic revelations of spiritual truth and strengthened the social bonds that sustain communities of faith. The book deftly moves from historical examples to an engaging consideration of the legal, ethical, and spiritual controversies that surround drug use in contemporary America. Clearly written and accessible, Stairways to Heaven is a significant scholarly review of the relationship between religion and drugs in America.


Item Type
Book
Publication Type
International, Book
Drug Type
All substances
Date
2000
Call No
MX, AA2, VB
Pages
ix, 23
Publisher
Westview
Place of Publication
Boulder
ISBN
0-8133-6612-7
Keywords
AOD use, spirituality and religion, metaphysics, Native American, United States
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB 985 (Available)

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