While the claims the work makes seem to be rather insane, I was surprised to find that there was little to no literature or refutation of this work by anyone after searching the web. All I know is that the work was denounced by fourteen scholars including his mentor and that the publisher apologized for the work. And now in this millennium, we have works coming out in seeming support of this theory, resurrecting it See Jan Irvin , Andrew Rutajit , and etc. It seems these days when any controversial work is published that there is a commonly something said by some Catholic on an apologetic level for example Da Vinci Code, The God Delusion, etc:
The Psychedelic Origin of Christianity
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A Psychonaut is a person who explores activities by which altered states of consciousness are induced and utilized for spiritual purposes or the exploration of the human condition, including shamanism, lamas of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, sensory deprivation, and both archaic and modern users of entheogenic substances, in order to gain deeper insights into the mind and spirituality. The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross self. Has John Marco Allegro's works ever been reasonably debunked, or was it mainly dismissed because of its controversy? I haven't read his books myself, but the summaries I've heard has indeed presented an interesting take on the history of christianity. I have read the book, it's extremely interesting both in terms of psychonautic history and linguistics, and even if his wildest ideas turn out to be incorrect, it's still full of fascinating tidbits if you're into either mushrooms or languages. I'm into both so for me it was a complete nerdgasm.
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The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross: It was written by John Marco Allegro — The book relates the development of language to the development of myths, religions, and cultic practices in world cultures. Allegro argues, through etymology, that the roots of Christianity , and many other religions, lay in fertility cults , and that cult practices, such as ingesting visionary plants to perceive the mind of God, persisted into the early Christian era , and to some unspecified extent into the 13th century with reoccurrences in the 18th century and midth century, as he interprets the fresco of the Plaincourault Chapel to be an accurate depiction of the ritual ingestion of Amanita muscaria as the Eucharist.