“A picture is worth a thousand words. In this enlightening book, and on the well-illustrated DVD, John Rush identifies the real Jesus and argues convincingly for the prevalence of the historical, religious use of hallucinogenic mushrooms in Christianity.”
—Jan Irvin, author of The Holy Mushroom.
“Going beyond the identification of putative fungal shapes in the religious art of Europe, John Rush has provided an eloquent and sophisticated context for their significance, a kind of grammar of symbolic forms, lavishly illustrated, opening up an essential topic of dialogue for anyone interested in understanding the creative imagination of this vast and intriguing period of history.”
—Carl Ruck, professor of Classics at Boston University and author of Sacred Mushrooms of the Goddess: Secrets of Eleusis
“The Mushroom in Christian Art is a valuable addition to the growing corpus on the question of whether hallucinogens played a central role in Christianity and, as such, is well worth the read.”
—The Psychedelic Press UK
John A. Rush, PhD, ND, is a professor of anthropology at Sierra College in Rocklin, California. His research has ranged from religious symbolism in Europe to monuments and Mayan astronomy in Central America. He is also the author of Failed God, Spiritual Tattoo, and The Twelve Gates.
This was a book that was "suggested" reading for a class Prof. Rush taught. I thought it would be an interesting read at the very least. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mrs. Plankton
I have not read the book yet, but I just ordered it and will read it as soon as I receive it. After I read it I will review it and inject personal experience into the review. Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by Dynamokingnumber7
After three years of research into the origins of Christianity (having been raised one), I had come to a very similar, yet less evolved and dense conclusion. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Mr. R. A. Seddon
Yes, I admit it--my only tattoo is a small amanita on my shoulder, but it has nothing to do with the thesis of this book that I purchased through amazon because the topic... Read morePublished on July 26, 2011 by J. Szimhart
Yes, in some paintings you see mushrooms but other than that, this book is full of opinions an assumptions that are quite laughable and ridiculous. Read morePublished on May 31, 2011 by Jose L. Passalacqua
I just finished Dr. Rush's, Mushroom in Christian Art, and although shocked to learn Jesus was a mushroom and the pathway to God, his argument and accompanying images have... Read morePublished on February 18, 2011 by Andrea