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The Mushroom in Christian Art: The Identity of Jesus in the Development of Christianity Paperback – January 11, 2011
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—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
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read on the identity of Jesus. Although some of the images
presented may not be mushrooms, there are so many obvious mushrooms
that they lead to very serious questions: Why are the mushrooms in
the art and why have the art historians neglected to mention this
motif? Rush takes a bold and controversial step in his interpretation
of the mushroom, but his discussion of the Stations of the Cross, as
originally related to finding, processing, and consumption of the
holy mushroom, does seem plausible, certainly more plausible then
that of the story proffered as historical fact by the Catholic Church.
Was Jesus really a mushroom, the path to God, and not a living,
breathing human being?
At first this seemed ridiculous, but after all the information is
presented, I believe Rush is correct. I highly recommend this work
to anyone who is serious about understanding Christian art and the
origins of Christianity,
this will be a very difficult read for the true believer.
Essentially you can fast-forward and speed-read his book, flipping through pages full of drivel at a hyper accelerated rate. I wanted to give his book 1 star, but as I sped through it, I kept finding I had to stop at some salient point of research that Rush offers up. The reader will come to realize that he has a certain expertise, which in part is in teasing out mushroom motifs from passages of the Bible. Now Rush had 3 stars, because this information is scattered through dozens of other books by other authors and none of them are focusing solely on the Bible like Rush is. As the reader digests the entirety of the book, they realize that it cannot be read without viewing the DVD which is attached onto the back-cover. Here is what Rush does best: he has methodically traveled the world snapping pictures of very old tapestries, stained glass windows, frescos, tomb and catacomb art, psalters and many other sources. He has literally gathered a thousand pictures which tell a very interesting story about Judaism in general and Christianity in particular: THEY USED DRUGS. More to the point, all through the Christian art are seemingly countless depictions of psilocybin "magic" mushrooms and in particular the tell-tale red-cap of the Amanita mushroom.Read more ›
However, as other reviewers have said, the book might have had scholarship, but the author chose instead of just transcribe his lectures: rambling, repetitive, full of personal opinion and inane asides. One must wade through vast paragraphs of stream of consciousness spew, interrupted occasionally by quoted texts from other authors which may or may not have anything to do with supporting his point.
I am disposed to support the thesis of this book. But I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, and if I hadn't read Heinrick's Magic Mushrooms in Religion and Alchemy" I would definitely assume the entire idea is nuts. It would be wonderful to have a book that explores the mushroom in early christian art, and makes an argument for the sacred use of amanita muscaria among early christians. But this book isn't it.
Read Heinrick's book, and look at the pictures in this one.
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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 on July 3, 2014 by Mrs. Plankton
DVD is really just a CD with jpeg images. I loved it but thought the images would be higher resolution. Text was good. I had hoped for more but glad I got the book.Published on June 6, 2014 by Ken Robinson
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