The California spirit of innovation and transmogrification showed itself when Alex Grey’s “Purple Jesus” oil-on-wood painting made its way to San Francisco. It was purchased by a shrewd collector, Mark McCloud, who turned the image into what became Purple Jesus Blotter in the early 1990s. Through a complicated history and even more complicated philosophy of psychedelia, the lasting significance of Jesus for both McCloud and the California narrative highlight the significance of this trippy Jesus story.
Jesus on LSD: When California blotter acid got religion
Jason S. Sexton is a systematic theologian with research interests at the crossroads of theology and culture. He is a lecturer in the honors program of California State University, Fullerton, and a visiting fellow at University of California, Riverside’s Center for Ideas and Society.
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Jason S. Sexton; Jesus on LSD: When California blotter acid got religion. Boom 1 December 2015; 5 (4): 78–84. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2015.5.4.78
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