Christianity and the Piltdown Hoax one of the largest academic scandals in history share many similarities In both stories the information was constructed and then salted into the information stream, and, through the word of noted scholars, presented as fact, the truth Scholars have egos and once committed to their ideas through scholarly publications, faculty meetings, and conferences, have difficulty seeing, hearing, or even appreciating an adverse view To waver from a strongly held opinion could spell academic ruin and withdrawal of acclaim This leads to lively debate, counter stories, and even character assassination if one side or the other is being out trumped in the symbolic melee Jan Irvin The Holy Mushroom has captured what we might call an anthropology of clarification regarding whether or not mushrooms, and mind altering substances in general, played any role in the development of not only Judaism and Christianity but the total culture in play at that time It is now recognized in many academic communities anthropologists, sociologists, psychiatrists, psychologists that sufficient evidence exists of the importance of these substances, both textual and visual, to say yes in very large letters It is no longer theory The questions Irvin asks are these If mind altering substances did play this major role, then how would this affect our interpretations of the Bible and the Qur an Would this shed light on the origins of mystical experiences and the stories, for example Abraham hearing voices and Ezekiel s convenient visions What would this suggest about the shamanic behavior of Jesus What impact would this have on organized religion These are bold questions This is a very useful volume for those interested in the Holy Mushroom and the politics of truth Detailed and wonderfully illustrated great bibliography Professor John A Rush, Sierra College


10 thoughts on “The Holy Mushroom: Evidence of Mushrooms in Judeo-Christianity: A Critical Re-Evaluation of the Schism Between John M. Allegro and R. Gordon Wasson Over the Theory on the Entheogenic Origins of Christianity Presented in the Sacred Mushroom and the Cross

  1. Roger Green Roger Green says:

    J R Irvin gives a detailed account of the correspondence between the Times Literary Supplement, R Gordon Wasson, and John M Allegro regarding Allegro s controversial claims about early Christianity and mushroom cults Irvin does a good job showing that Wasson had it in for Allegro at different times and the lack of broader public knowledge hurt Allegro s reputation as a scholar It suggests a fresh look at Allegro While I m not convinced by Allegro s study alone, he was on to something and J R Irvin gives a detailed account of the correspondence between the Times Literary Supplement, R Gordon Wasson, and John M Allegro regarding Allegro s controversial claims about early Christianity and mushroom cults Irvin does a good job showing that Wasson had it in for Allegro at different times and the lack of broader public knowledge hurt Allegro s reputation as a scholar It suggests a fresh look at Allegro While I m not convinced by Allegro s study alone, he was on to something and deservescredit from a different time period and with better scholarly tools for decoding language Philology alone will never be enough to prove the claims asserted