I couldn’t help but notice this interesting story about Benny Shanon, who is a professor of cognitive psychology at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Apparently, the best way he has at describing such events as the law being passed down at Mt. Sinai or the famous “burning bush”, is to say that Moses was on psychedelic drugs. Shanon immediately dispels the idea that there could be a supernatural God behind those situations, but still desires to keep the text honest.
What I don’t understand is why he can’t believe in a supernatural God and still wants to uphold the ‘integrity’ of the Old Testament. There seem to be plenty of circumstances where the text is proclaiming a supernatural God, but he can’t believe that. He can’t even allow himself to believe that these are merely legends, as that would also not keep the text honest with itself.
And what authority does Shanon bring to the field of psychedelic drugs? He used them during a religious ceremony in Brazil in 1991. Since he had “spiritual-religious” visions, then that obviously means that Moses did too. No word yet on Moses’ drug of choice.