Jessica Hughes discusses the details and aesthetic significance of a votive offering that artist Yves Klein made to St. Rita of Cascia. While art has always played an ineliminable role in the Judeo-Christian tradition, it seems that Klein was particularly sensitive to the entanglement of votive offering, economic sacrifice, and the experiential dimensions of ritual. In many of Klein’s works, it would seem that the subsumption of art into religion has been inverted.
John J. McGraw discusses the meaning and significance of the term “entheogen” in this extract from his book, Brain & Belief. He draws from numerous theorists who have made strong claims about the significance of entheogens in the history of religions and, in particular, for the genesis of basic religious concepts, including the idea of an immaterial soul.