Does the book "The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross" have any credibility?

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Offline alexbalex

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Hi,
I am hearing occasionally in the inyernet about this book but never from sources that are scientifically credible. The topic of the book is very curious though. Anyone any opinion?

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Hi,
I am hearing occasionally in the inyernet about this book but never from sources that are scientifically credible. The topic of the book is very curious though. Anyone any opinion?

This book has been around for a long time, ?late60s?
I always thought the author had been eating his own mushrooms. Certainly scholars who know the scrolls don't seem to understand how he reaches his conclusions.
It never ceases to amaze me what books sell, but it makes money for someone, keeps publishers in business!
Internet publishing means we might get swamped by weird theories, how will people decide what is true, maybe it will all come down to belief?
and the misguided shall lead the gullible,
the feebleminded have inherited the earth.

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, how will people decide what is true, maybe it will all come down to belief?


If a hypothesis is explanatory, comprehensive, accurately predictive, and consistent with other reliable hypotheses, it is considered true until disproved. If not, it lies on the spectrum between "speculative" and "bullshit". Fortunately, those S-B hypotheses relating to unique historic events are also categorisable as "irrelevant".
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I haven't read the book, just a summary of it. It seems plausible that in ancient times of old shamanic and pagan religions using hallucinogenic substances was part of every life for very long time. The time of Abraham was far back enough to have still been exposed to these practices and carried them on. Whether that was going on and persisted until Jesus times is probably debatable. Nevertheless, i find difficult to see how it started free of drug use in a world where that was everywhere.