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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.
Published on 23 Nov. 2012 by Jiimy j

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but not top rate
Got this book after it was constantly alluded to on a podcast I heard, with great promise

actually, it didn't live up to the promise, as much as it has in it. I think the basic idea that spiritual revelations are linked to hallucinations following people eating common foodstuffs is absolutely compelling, but the disappointment came when the author tries to cram...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but not top rate, 20 Oct. 2014
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)
Got this book after it was constantly alluded to on a podcast I heard, with great promise

actually, it didn't live up to the promise, as much as it has in it. I think the basic idea that spiritual revelations are linked to hallucinations following people eating common foodstuffs is absolutely compelling, but the disappointment came when the author tries to cram a huge number of words and expressions from all over history and religion into etymology/innuendo that suggests everything is mushrooms. There's a lot of diligent comparison of ancient languages to show how a lot of things may have meant mushroom/been slang for mushrooms/be a secret allegory for a mushroom - but it gets a bit thin, and so think that a lot of people will find themselves arguing against the aspertions made

I think it is all done sincerely, and there's some interesting stuff in here, but a modern edited version would be much better. This is like a first draft without awareness of the reader
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3.0 out of 5 stars Far from the maddening orthodoxy, 15 Jun. 2014
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S. G. Raggett (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars ZZZzzzzz, 21 Aug. 2014
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Interesting concept, but this book left me feeling flaccid with all of Carl P Ruck's phallic related, open-ended theories that seem as disconnected as a botched circumcision.
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6 of 9 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not what i was expecting, 11 Oct. 2014
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The book is very much more of an academical study of languages and particular words than it is a deciphering of the new testament texts and what they were really trying to convey. There is a part of that to the book but its mainly about the root of the words used and their mushroom origins. In conclusion there is probably something to it..(that Christianity is basically a cover up for the mushroom cults of the day)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 10 Oct. 2014
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Good read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked Book, 15 Oct. 2013
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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 Five Stars, 16 Mar. 2015
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Great book - everyone should read.
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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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