One of the more intriguing theories in the Psychedelic Renaissance asks whether or not medieval Christians not only recognized the psychoactive Amanita muscaria as the "holy mushroom" but also enshrined it in diverse art forms such as frescoes, stained-glass windows, and manuscript illuminations. But is it true?
Jerry Brown (PhD), coauthor of The Psychedelic Gospels, says "yes," and has marshaled iconic evidence from churches and cathedrals throughout Europe in support of this claim. Using artwork and critical exegesis of ancient gnostic texts, Brown will show why there is reason to believe that medieval Christians used magic mushrooms as entheogenic portals to the divine.
Thomas Hatsis, author of Psychedelic Mystery Traditions and The Witches' Ointment, says "no." While recognizing both the gnostic and orthodox use of various entheogens, Hatsis feels that the supposed mushroom images that appear in Christian art have alternative explanations.
Join Brown and Hatsis as they debate this important question which could potentially reinsert a lost chapter into the greatest story ever told.