In God on Psychedelics, veteran journalist Don Lattin trains his eye on some previously unexamined questions. Why do relatively few people in the burgeoning psychedelic renaissance connect chemically induced mystical states with their own religious traditions? Can sacred plant medicines be a source of renewal for Christians, Jews and other people of faith?
Some clergy and laity think they can. Judaism and Christianity each have centuries-old mystical paths. Yet since the early 1960s, and in the current psychedelic revival, countless North American psychonauts have turned to Buddhism, Hinduism or Native American spirituality to understand the revelatory experience they encountered on magic mushrooms, LSD and other psychoactive drugs.
Today, psychedelics are increasingly used as therapeutic tools to help those suffering from depression, trauma and substance abuse. Meanwhile, decriminalization campaigns and cognitive freedom crusades are sprouting up across the nation, inspiring churches and other fellowships to move beyond the divisive doctrine and denominationalism of old-time religion.
Don Lattin has been writing about altered states of consciousness since the 1970s — first as an award-winning religion reporter for daily newspapers in San Francisco and more recently as a bestselling author.
God on Psychedelics takes the reader on a magical mystery tour across the nation’s changing religious landscape, exploring a new kind of trinity that blends psychedelic insight, psychological healing and spiritual revival.
“Don’t mistake God on Psychedelics: Tripping Across the Rubble of Old-Time Religion for a work of indiscriminate boosterism of LSD, ketamine and other psychoactive substances. Though his experiences with consciousness-altering drugs qualify The Chronicle’s former religion reporter as a ‘psychonaut,’ his intelligent and measured book attests that he’s a discerning one.” —Kevin Canfield in a book review in the San Francisco Chronicle
“In his new book, God on Psychedelics, Don Lattin, a veteran religion journalist, investigates how some religious groups are encouraging chemically induced revelatory experiences of human interconnectedness and unity.” —Yonat Shimron, in a Religion News Service interview with the author
Check out Don’s lecture at The California Institute of Integral Studies here.
Praise for some of Don Lattin’s previous works:
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy just about every page,” NY Times critic Dwight Garner on The Harvard Psychedelic Club.
“Carefully researched and disarmingly honest,” religion scholar Huston Smith on Distilled Spirits.
“Reaches beyond market themes to social issues, culture wars, the search for community, and the varieties of spirituality,” American religion historian Martin Marty on Shopping for Faith.