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.

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  1. Dino says:

    Seeing as I’ve just finished studying the ressurection and how it can’t be disproved, I can’t help think about how riduculous this sounds. It reminds of the women I heard who was interviewed randomly on the street and answered why the disciples didn’t the body as “Maybe it was dark inside…”

  2. BethsMomToo says:

    This is right up there with Jesus walking on ice on the Sea of Galilee. Why anyone would wish to base their belief on a hallucination rather than on an omnipotent God is beyond me! And this is a man whose being paid to teach at a University?

  3. Mark says:

    I saw this article too and my favorite line was:

    Moses was probably also on drugs when he saw the “burning bush,” suggested Shanon, who said he himself has dabbled with such substances.

    “he himself has dabbled with such substances”

    Yeah, no kidding.

    This article shows the bias of what is often passed on as research. Isn’t research supposed to be objective? You objectively look at the evidence, and then form an opinion based on where the evidence leads? Yet this researcher started with the presupposition that there can not be a supernatural, and thus formed his opinions from there. Bad research.

  4. dugg says:

    people who think this theory is full of crap obviously have never experienced a major psychedelic journey

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