Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books; Pap/DVD Edition (January 11, 2011)
The Mushroom in Christian Art analyzes the prevalence of a certain motif — the mushroom — in Christian art, proposing that this image is evidence of the true foundation of Christianity and the Catholic Church. Examining Christian art from 200 CE to the present, author John Rush argues that Jesus was not an acutal, historical person, but a personification of the Holy Mushroom Amanita muscaria and the mycstical experience brought about by the ingestion of psychedelic plants and fungi by early, experimentally minded Christian sects. Drawing on primary historical sources, Rush traces the history — and pictured face — of Jesus, which was constructed and codified only after 325 CE. In the process, he shows how the mushroom was very much apparent, though often disguised, in the early years of Christian art, thus revealing the nature of the original Christian cults, rites, and rituals — including mushroom use. The Mushroom in Christian Art emphasizes Jesus’s message of peace, love and spiritual growth, asserting that his murder was a conspiracy by powerful reactionary forces who replaced his message with the oppressive religious-political system that endures today. Rush’s brilliant exposition of Amanita muscaria use by early Christians challenges mainstream views of Western religious history and is both provocative and persuasive. The included DVD contains 252 striking color images of Christian art, the symbolism of each discussed in detail in the book.