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Sex, Drugs, Violence and the Bible Paperback – March 23, 2001

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"... revelatory... facinating... recomended to anyone interested in the history of marijuana, and the strange origins of the Judeo-Christian tradition." -- Cannabis Culture Magazine, June\July 2001, by the editor Dana Larsen

"This book offers a way... and there are many who are ready for it." -- From the book's forword by Richard Cowan, Host of the 420 Marijuana News, editor of and former head of NORML

About the Author

Chris Bennett was the main researcher and author of Green Gold the Tree of Life: Marijuana in Magic and Religion, (Access Unlimited 1995) and writes about the cultural and spiritual history of cannabis for Cannabis culture Magazine.

Neil McQueen has a degree in Religious Studies with a focus on Biblical History from the Waterloo University in Ontario.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Forbidden Fruit Publishing; 1st edition (March 23, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550567985
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550567984
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,107,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hoffman on March 29, 2003
Anyone interested in the entheogen theory of religion should get and read this book. It is largely devoted to ferreting out the many entheogen references and allusions in the Bible. It covers most books of the Bible in order.
High-quality scholarship. Aside from some distracting typos, it is highly readable and reveals how interesting and complex many of the Bible stories are. As is standard, it assumes the literal existence of Bible characters -- an assumption which entheogen scholars are increasingly calling into question.
I'm grateful for this book spurring me on to take on studying all the books in the Bible. Highly recommended for entheogen and religion collections -- essential, in fact, especially in light of how few books there are about entheogens in Christianity.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 2004
This book is a wonderfully fresh look at the Bible for the religious and non-religious alike. If you're religious you'll probably be offended at first by much of the author's research, but give it an honest read anyway. The worst that could happen is that you come away with greater insight into how the non-religious view your scriptures. I found the book refreshing and challenging; it caused me to fall in love with the Bible at last because for the first time I was able to read it with some historical and archaeological context rather than simply being expected to accept it as sacred because others have believed it to be so for thousands of years.
Read in the context of an emerging tribal culture struggling with the concerns of their time: life, death, food, fertility, war, dominating and avoiding the domination of often more technologically advanced neighboring cultures. This book gave me an appreciation for these ancient peoples without having to accept as divine the horrific treatment they visited upon each other, their neighbors and particularly upon their women and children. This book is a must read!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Whomever on September 18, 2005
Sex, Drugs, Violence and the Bible by Chris Bennett & Neil McQueen (2001)

This book is a necessary edition to any library, a 4.5 star rating.

Chris Bennett and Neil McQueen give a fascinating history of the usage of Cannabis and drugs such as Mandrake in the Bible. A follow-up to Bennett's 1995 publication Green Gold the Tree of Life, this publication goes into further depth on Bennett's original theories. Bennett provides more research to back his Calamus / q'aneh bosom / Cannabis theory originally proposed by Sula Benet in the 1930's. This theory is almost certainly correct!

However, Bennett and McQueen do appear to over state their cannabis theory into other areas in attempt to debunk other proposals such as John Allegro's Sacred Mushroom and the Cross theory, or Clark Heinrich's additional research. Bennett attempts to make us think the Cannabis plant looks more phallic in appearance than say, a mushroom.

"It is hard for me to understand how so much valuable research time by such intelligent men has been misspent trying to document a forest mushroom as the main sacrament of the desert people."
~ Chris Bennett

Bennett omits associations such as the message of Jehovah received by Abraham under the oak, likely A. pantherina, and the cedars of Lebanon that would most likely be in reference to A. muscaria. Though both Allegro and Heinrich also overlooked this. Other associations are better suited as cubensis, this I won't go into this here.

The book also strives and does a rather excellent job in substantiating much of the origins of Christianity from fertility cults and their practice and symbolism.
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