Coauthors Julie & Jerry Brown will discuss The Psychedelic Gospels at the Miami Book Fair at 11 am – 12 noon on Saturday, Nov. 19. The presentation includes slides, Q&A, and a book signing. Featured topics: psychedelics in religion, consciousness, and the new science of psychedelics.
Free admission and free parking. Room 7128 (Bldg 7, 1st Floor), Miami-Dade College, Wolfson Campus, NE 2nd Ave, between NE 5th & 6th St, Miami, Florida.
About the Authors: Jerry B. Brown, Ph.D., is an author and activist. From 1972 to 2014, he served as founding professor of anthropology at Florida International University in Miami, where he taught a course on “Hallucinogens and Culture.” Julie M. Brown, M.A., is an integrative psychotherapist who researches the role of sacred plants in religion.
Psychedelic Images: Hidden in Plain Sight
There is an old saying: If you want to hide something, put it in plain sight. To our surprise, we learned that this saying is especially true for Christianity. Here medieval works of art were created to illustrate the teachings of the Bible for the largely illiterate population. A close look at these religious works of art reveals the presence of psychedelic plants–hidden in plain sight for centuries.
Based on stunning visual evidence of entheogens (plants that generate the divine within) found in cathedrals and churches throughout Europe and the Middle-East, we developed the theory of the “Psychedelic Gospels.” By examining the Bible through the lens of the Psychedelic Gospels, we reveal the role played by visionary plants in Christianity. These discoveries challenge us to explore these sacred pathways to the divine.
Astrophysicist Carl Sagan argues that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” The remarkable photographs of entheogenic images in Christian art, found in frescos, illuminated manuscripts, mosaics and stained-glass windows, provide this “extraordinary evidence.”
The Psychedelic Gospels takes you along, step-by-step, on our decade-long anthropological adventure. Our book traces the tracks of mystical mushrooms across diverse ancient traditions. These traditions include the hymns of the Rigveda in India, Eleusinian Mysteries of Greece, and the reindeer herders of the boreal forests of Siberia.
Our quest begins with a surprising discovery of a psychoactive Amanita muscaria mushroom in Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland. It unfolds from Canterbury and Chartres Cathedral to churches and chapels in France and Germany. It culminates among the magnificent museums of the Vatican in Italy, obscure cave churches of Turkey, and ultimately the secluded pyramid chambers of Egypt.
If you are unable to attend, please considering buying our book on Amazon.