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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross
Excellent. Shame on the people who decided the author was a "bad" person. For all enquiring minds, read this book it may open a door for you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Far from the maddening orthodoxy
John Allegro was a heretic or defector from the clique who processed or delayed the processing of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Allegro's book can be seen as a welcome relieve from the insistence of both academic and popular writers that religion in the ancient world was an inevitable progression towards the modern religious orthodoxies with divergent heresies and cults relegated...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Far from the maddening orthodoxy, 15 Jun 2014
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This review is from: The Sacred Mushroom and The Cross: A study of the nature and origins of Christianity within the fertility cults of the ancient Near East (Paperback)
John Allegro was a heretic or defector from the clique who processed or delayed the processing of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Allegro's book can be seen as a welcome relieve from the insistence of both academic and popular writers that religion in the ancient world was an inevitable progression towards the modern religious orthodoxies with divergent heresies and cults relegated to the footnotes.

That said there is much to question in Allegro's book. It is one thing to suggest that religion, as it emerged at the start of settled agricultural life in Mesopotamia, was a fertility cult, but quite another to say that this was still the case in other parts of the Fertile Crescent thousands of years later. There is also no recognition of the fact that there was more than one type of psychoactive plant or plant parasite in the area, or other ways of acheiving altered states. In general, the book may be thought to depend too much on linguistic material, unqualified by reference to other historical evidence.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross, 23 Nov 2012
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Excellent. Shame on the people who decided the author was a "bad" person. For all enquiring minds, read this book it may open a door for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked Book, 15 Oct 2013
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This review is from: The Sacred Mushroom and The Cross: A study of the nature and origins of Christianity within the fertility cults of the ancient Near East (Paperback)
Every now and then an author comes up who truly looks deep and then writes about it to let us know some truths which at most hurt. To be able to get so much info in one book that's worth it in itself let alone when the subject matter is not one which many authors like to get into unless you are John M Allegro.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I don't rate books that i still haven't read!!, 5 Jun 2014
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I don't rate books that i still haven't read!!So the stars are mainly for what i already know about the author and the quality of the book and delivery!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sacred mushroom?, 25 Jan 2012
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Well i purchased this book for a friend.After asking him twice what it was called and was he having a joke ,his reply was that it was a book that would certainly open your eyes and the information would really have you asking questions.I have not read it but i believe it was a very good read in his opinion
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