Psychedelics: The Ancient Religion with No Name?: A Conversation with Brian Muraresku and Charles Stang
The most influential religious historian of the 20th century, Huston Smith, once referred to it as the "best-kept secret" in history. Did the ancient Greeks use drugs to find God? And did the earliest Christians inherit the same secret tradition? A profound knowledge of visionary plants, herbs, and fungi passed from one generation to the next, ever since the Stone Age? Join us for a discussion between CSWR Director Charles Stang and Brian Muraresku about his new book, The Immortality Key: The Secret History of the Religion with No Name, a groundbreaking dive into the role of psychedelics in the ancient Mediterranean world.

Brian C. Muraresku has been practicing law internationally for fifteen years. In arbitration with the NFL in 2018, Muraresku represented the first professional athlete in the United States to seek a therapeutic use exemption for cannabis. Their story was featured by Sanjay Gupta on CNN’s Weed series. The Immortality Key was published by St. Martin’s Press in September 2020.

Charles Stang is Professor of Early Christian Thought at HDS and is the Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions. His most recent book, Our Divine Double, was published in 2016 by Harvard University Press. His earlier book, Apophasis and Pseudonymity in Dionysius the Areopagite: “No Longer I” (Oxford University Press, 2012), won the Manfred Lautenschläger Award for Theological Promise in 2013. Stang is also editor of The Waking Dream of T.E. Lawrence: Essays on His Life, Literature, and Legacy (Palgrave, 2002); with Sarah Coakley, Rethinking Dionysius the Areopagite (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009); with David Lincicum and Ruth Sheridan, Law and Lawlessness in Early Judaism and Christianity (Mohr Siebeck, 2019). Stang’s current projects include an anthology of Syriac Christian literature, a new translation of Evagrius of Pontus’s Gnostic Trilogy from Greek and Syriac, and an edited volume on Theosophy’s influence on the study of religion.
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