The Psychedelic Gospels

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The Psychedelic Gospels

The Secret History of Hallucinogens in Christianity

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Presenter(s): 
Julie M. Brown, MA, Jerry B. Brown, PhD

Location

EarthRise Transformative Learning Center
101 San Antonio Road
Petaluma, California 94952
United States
Description: 

Subjects to be addressed include The Psychedelic Gospels: Sacred Sacraments and the Future of Religion, as well as the New Science of Psychedelics: Breakthroughs in Psychology, Medicine, Spirituality and Consciousness

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, where 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.

Psychedelics hidden in plain sight in Christian churches?
Yes, that’s exactly what we said.

Based on stunning visual evidence found in cathedrals and churches, we invite you to join us as we relive our discovery of the “Psychedelic Gospels” and propose an alternative theory of the origins of Christianity --one radically different from that portrayed in the Bible. 

This book takes you along, step-by-step, on our decade-long anthropological adventure, providing an easily-readable account of this controversial theory.

It was during the turbulent decades of the 1960s and 1970s that we had our first experiences with psychedelics, a class of drugs that in time we came to know as “entheogens”: psychoactive plants and chemicals that generate mystical experiences. It was through entheogens that we first came to experience God as the divine intelligence that permeates the universe.

Later, in 2006, we made an archeological discovery that caused us to seriously consider the role of entheogens in the foundations of Judeo-Christianity. At that point our personal experiences with psychedelics merged with our professional interests (Jerry’s in anthropology and religion, Julie’s in psychotherapy and spirituality), and we felt compelled to undertake a search for evidence of entheogens in Christian art.

While our findings are startling, it is not our intention to question the fundamental beliefs of Christianity, but to uncover a mystery that we believe applies to many religions. Our findings do not deny the importance of religious sacraments, but suggest that they should encompass all of God’s creations, including psychoactive plants.

All that we ask is that you consider what we have to say with an open mind and to follow our findings and speculations to their logical conclusions.

Event Schedule:
- 6 PM: One hour for socializing and eating dinner
- 7 PM: 30 minutes for welcome, announcements and introductions
- 7:30 PM: One hour for our guest speaker's presentation
- 8:30 PM: 30 minutes for Questions and Answers
- 9 PM: We close the event, allowing time for post-event commingling and cleaning before leaving by 10 PM.

About the Presenter(s): 

Julie and Jerry Brown are the co-authors of "The Psychedelic Gospels."

Julie is an integrative psychotherapist, who conducts research on the role of sacred plants in religion. She took all the original photographs for The Psychedelic Gospels.

Jerry is an anthropologist and activist, who for four decades taught a course on “Hallucinogens and Culture” at Florida International University.

Event Cost: 

$20 suggested donation payable to IONS and a dish to share.