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Sex, Drugs, Violence and the Bible [Paperback]

Chris Bennett , Neil McQueen
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March 23 2001
EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BIBLE BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK

The Holy Bible is by far the most influential book in the history of the Western World and its texts held to be the Gospel truth by over a billion believers around the globe. Even non-believers cannot help but be affected by its doctrine and adherents.

But what are the real origins of this vastly influential religious text? Like all people, the compilers of the Bible were strongly influenced by humanity's basic struggle for survival, striving for fertility and search for meaning. Of the many influences that contributed to the theological development of the Bible -- and religion in general in the ancient world -- the most profound were without a doubt, Sex, Drugs, and Violence.

As humanity comprehended, sex ensured their continued propagation, the sex act became sacred, and was thought to magically affect all sorts of areas of life, even the actions of the gods themselves. The Old Testament is rife with references to such religio-erotic practices taking place, not only amongst foreign cults like the Canaanites, but even amongst the Israelites themselves. Erotic activities that later, according to the New Testament and other sources, filtered into early Christianity.

Second only to sex, do drugs - as in psychoactive substances - play a pivotal role in the development of religious thought and experience, and the Judaeo-Christian traditions are no exception. What will be surprising to most modern readers is the frequent use of intoxicants, like wine, strong-drink, and mandrake in the Bible. Perhaps even harder to accept will be the copious use of cannabis (Hebrew, Kaneh-bosm), by both the Hebrew Priests and Kings for shamanistic purposes... a tradition that was continued both by Jesus and his followers.

Moreoever, the history of the Bible and the history people who have preached its words are histories of violence. This fact should not at all be surprising when one considers the endless atrocities that fill the pages of the so-called "Good Book." Indeed, if members of today's moral majority ever took the time to analytically read the book which they continually point to as the pillar of morality, they would be horrified to find a book filled with Sex, Drugs, and Violence!


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5.0 out of 5 stars Sex, Drugs, Violence and the Bible Jan. 6 2004
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable cannabis-focused entheogen theory March 29 2003
By Michael Hoffman - Published on Amazon.com
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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sex, Drugs, Violence and the Bible Jan. 6 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SEX, DRUGS, VIOLENCE & THE BIBLE Oct. 2 2006
By JE Farrow - Published on Amazon.com
SEX, DRUGS, VIOLENCE AND THE BIBLE by Chris Bennett and Neil McQueen is an amazingly readable indictment of the Old and New Testament--and should be required reading in all Bible Studies and Comparative Religion classes. Not only is SDVB a well thought scholarly work; it also loaded with often amusing, often revealing snippets of Biblical scandal and hidden lore.

The Authors make no secret of their core intention of writing the book as a means of promoting the centralthesis summed up on the book's jacket:

"Second only to sex, do drugs--as in psychoactive substances--play a
pivotal role in the development of religious thought and experience, and the Judaeo-Christian traditions are no exception. What will be surprising to most modern readers is the frequent use of intoxicants like wine, strong-drink, and mandrake in the Bible."

Perhaps even harder to accept will be the copious use of cannabis, (Hebrew kaneh-bosm), by both the Hebrew Priests and Kings for shamanistic purposes...a tradition that was continued by both Jesus and his followers."

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sept. 18 2005
By J Irvin - Published on Amazon.com
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. It makes clear that the sexually repressive ideas of the Christian faith is not substantiated by anything in the Bible, nor are the so-called family values which are touted by fundamentalist Christians. The authors do a fantastic job in substantiating many of Allegro's fertility proposals from The Sacred Mushroom and The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Christian Myth, as well as from other authors.

As for the violence in the Bible, the authors do an excellent job in showing how the peaceful "love your neighbor" Jesus is just mythological fantasy as they show numerous instances of outright slaughter by "God's Chosen People" and then later, the Christians.

The primary problem with the book is that the authors omit most research showing that these characters are mythological and astronomical, taking most of the biblical characters as historical fact, regardless of lack of historical or archaeological evidence. They do this all-the-while telling us throughout this book how many sections of the Bible were edited or just outright forgery. They based the book on the idea that Jesus himself applied the much older sun worship symbolism/mythology to HIMSELF! Then they turn around and admit that Jesus the man may have never existed:

Ft 485: As with the "Ministry of Truth" in Orwell's 1984, the Church Fathers and rulers of the newly theocratic state, ensured that only texts that authenticated the history of cosmology of the church were allowed to survive. Evidently some historical texts may only have survived because they were altered by Christian copyists to fit in with the history of the faith. John Dominic Crossan suggests that such alterations occur in the works of Flavius Josephus whose account of Jesus in his Antiquities is referred to by many Christians as non-Christian evidence of Jesus' historical existence. "Josephus's work were preserved and copied by Christian rather than Jewish editors; such additions would have been easy to insert" (Crossan 1994).
~ Bennett & McQueen

"A severe purging of "heretical" books that conflicted with the new `Orthodox" New Testament version of Christianity was done by Bishop Athanasius of Alexandra in 367 A.D., who sent out a solemn command that all such `heretical' works were to be burned. Similar editing was again done at the Church Council of Hippo in 393 A.D. followed by the Council of Carthage in 397 A.D.. This editing continued to be done with the placating of a Roman public in mind, and making a faith that was originally meant for a Jewish populace, theologically palatable to followers of pagan religions by incorporating aspects of their mythologies into the Christian mythos. "No matter what the fundamentalists may tell us, the New Testament is not a single book, written by a human scribe taking Divine dictation, but an arbitrary compendium of ancient texts that are claimed to be divinely inspired" (Sheaffer 1991)."
~ Bennett & McQueen

"By analyzing the sayings of Jesus that are repeated throughout the Synoptic Gospels and discounting blatant contradictions between texts, these scholars have hypothesized that there was an original collection of sayings from Jesus, that the New Testament authors borrowed from in compiling their stories. [Not recognizing the older astrotheological tale] The Jesus Seminar has concluded that only about 20% of the words attributed to Jesus in the New Testament can be taken seriously as his words, making it rather hard to decipher who the man behind the myth really was."
~ Bennett & McQueen

How then can they assert an argument based on Jesus' existence while stating the evidence has all been altered?

If the authors had incorporated more of the research on the Archaeoastronomy and Astrotheology, which they already show and refer to lightly like a rock skimming over a pond but never going into the water, their book would hold much more weight. However, their literalist interpretations can be hard to swallow, though I understand that this is the type of writing that orthodoxy expects. If the authors had not taken such a literalist view of the Bible, I'd have ranked it a 5 star.

Regardless, this book is deep, scholarly -as based on the research used, original, well thought out, and a must have. I rate this book between 4 and 5, or 4.5, though Amazon does not offer this choice.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better Oct. 22 2012
By C. J. Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
In my opinion this is not a bad work considering the author doesn't really know and understand his subject matter. I do NOT like his disdain for God's prophets.

The author Chris Bennett missed the most important parts, skipped the best.

If he understood the basics I am positive he would have been successful in his legal argument for cannabis as a religious sacrament... all one has to do is look at the Catholic Church for their blueprint to freedom.

What was it Mr. Bennett missed? Namely that Marijuana is the lost ingredient in the Eucharist that ALL Christians must eat to be considered a Christian, and saved.

The author points out correctly that Marijuana is in the Holy Oil of Christians and Jews... but then he ignores the fact that this same Marijuana Holy Oil is in the bread that is the Lord's Supper.

Notice the bible gives us very exacting instructions on how to make this bread we are to eat, and notice it is made with Marijuana oil spoken of in Exodus 30:23.

This is the thing that everyone is missing, and it is a very important part, indeed it is the crux of all things in Christianity and Judaism, and it has been hidden (just like the Bible states) for a very longtime, to be revealed in this day. Now notice in the Torah, the book of Leviticus gives us exacting instructions on how to make this bread for Passover Seder using the Holy Temple Oil commanded by God, read the below scriptures:

Lev 2:1 When you offer sacrifices to give thanks to me, you must use only your finest flour. Put it in a dish, sprinkle oil and incense on the flour,
Lev 2:2 and take it to the priests from Aaron's family. One of them will scoop up the incense together with a handful of the flour and oil. Then, to show that the whole offering belongs to me, the priest will lay this part on the bronze altar and send it up in smoke with a smell that pleases me.
Lev2:4 If you bake bread in an oven for this sacrifice, use only your finest flour, but without any yeast. You may make the flour into a loaf mixed with oil, or you may make it into thin wafers and brush them with oil.
Lev 2:5 If you cook bread in a shallow pan for this sacrifice, use only your finest flour. Mix it with oil, but do not use any yeast.
Lev 2:6 Then break the bread into small pieces and sprinkle them with oil.
Lev 2:7 If you cook your bread in a pan with a lid on it, you must also use the finest flour mixed with oil.
Lev 2:8 You may prepare sacrifices to give thanks in any of these three ways.

Notice in the above the bread can be made three different ways, but marijuana oil is required in all three instances of the making of this bread, and thus the eating of the Tree Of Life (what we call Marijuana) is completed.

Mr. Bennett totally and 100% missed this vital bit of information that WILL change the world.

My name is Chris Campbell, and that is THUS SAITH THE LORD!!

Marijuana IS the tree of life.
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