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Reasonably Irrational: Theurgy and the Pathologization of Entheogenic Experience [ONLINE]
March 22 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
by Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Check back for the registration link.
In this lecture, Wouter Hanegraaff will be discussing the relevance of entheogens to theurgy and ritual evocation in Roman Egypt, with special attention to the story of Thessalos, the so-called Mithras Liturgy, and the Neoplatonic practice of Iamblichus.
Wouter will be arguing that if we deny or marginalize the clear evidence for entheogenic practice in these contexts- while acknowledging the spectacular visions and experiences that are claimed in the texts- it is hard to avoid traditional pathologizing interpretations of experiential practices that, in fact, can be rationally accounted.