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UFO Religions

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In France, a UFO group known as the Raelian Movement works to create the first Embassy welcoming extra terrestrials from space, claiming that the world is the work of an alien people who built it from DNA. The Aetherius Society of Great Britain claims to receive cosmic transmissions from space intelligences, offering the chance to listen to online recordings of a spoken transmission from Jesus Christ. In San Diego, March 1997, 39 members of the Heaven's Gate group commit mass suicide at the appearance of the Hale-Bopp comet, believing that heavenly beings on a UFO wait there to gather them into the Kingdom of Heaven. There is no doubt that the spectre of the UFO, as popularised by shows such as The X-Files, has brought an astonishing and often apocalyptic slant to the motley face of modern religious practice. But what motivates the fantastical and occasionally sinister beliefs of UFO worshippers? Why are people apparently so keen to believe that the truth really is 'out there'? Does the image of the extra-terrestrial ever inspire love, or rather fundamentalism, instability and violence?<BR>"UFO" "Religions" is an essential introduction to UFO-based belief throughout the Western world. Composed entirely of readable new articles by leading international scholars, it critically examines some of the most fascinating issues surrounding UFO worship - abduction narratives, UFO-based interpretations of Biblical and other religions, the growth of pseudo-sciences purporting to explain UFOs and extra-terrestrials, and the responses of the core scientific community to such claims. Focusing on contemporary global UFO groups including the Raelian Movement, Heaven's Gate, Australia's Ashtar Commandnetwork, Unarius and the Ansaaru Allah Community, it combines sociological, psychological and anthropological perspectives to give a clear profile of modern UFO societies, controversies and beliefs.

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"UFO Religions" critically examines some of the fascinating issues surrounding UFO worship such as abduction narratives and UFO-based interpretations of other religions. It focuses on contemporary global UFO groups including the Raelian Movement, Heaven's Gate, Unarius and the Ansaaru Allah Community.

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The spectre of the UFO, as popularized by shows such as The X-Files, has brought an astonishing slant to the face of modern religious practice. But what motivates the fantastical and sometimes sinister beliefs of UFO worshippers? UFO Religions critically examines some of the fascinating issues surrounding UFO worship - abduction narratives, UFO-based interpretations of other religions, the growth of pseudo-sciences purporting to explain UFOs, and the responses of the core scientific community to such claims. Focusing on contemporary global UFO groups including the Raelian Movement, Heaven's Gate, Unarius and the Ansaaru Allah Community, it gives a clear profile of modern UFO controversies and beliefs.

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crowyhead, August 29, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This is a fascinating collection of papers on the subject of modern religions based around UFOs. There are a good number of essays that demonstrate the direct connection between Theosophical-type religions and the newer religions that have cropped up around the UFO phenomenon, which is fascinating. There are also investigations of specific religions and cults, like the Raelians. My only real complaint about the book is that it was rather poorly edited -- there were a LOT of typos, and, most irksome, sometimes the second half of sentences would be missing! I expect better from an academic text.

Overall, this isn't exactly light reading, but if you are interested in religious studies or in UFOs as a cultural phenomenon, I recommend it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780415263245
Editor:
Partridge, Christopher
Publisher:
Routledge
Editor:
Partridge, Christopher
Author:
Partridge, Christopher
Location:
London
Subject:
Religion - Spiritual Warfare
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Religious aspects
Subject:
Alternate Spirituality
Subject:
Unidentified flying objects
Subject:
Cults
Subject:
UFOs & Extraterrestrials
Subject:
Spirituality - General
Subject:
Religious aspecs
Subject:
Metaphysics-UFOs
Series Volume:
2002-04
Publication Date:
20030731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
383
Dimensions:
8.58x5.42x.90 in. 1.10 lbs.

Related Subjects

Humanities » Philosophy » General
Metaphysics » UFOs
Religion » Christianity » Cults and the Occult
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Religion » Western Religions » Mysticism
Science and Mathematics » Astronomy » Extraterrestrial

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Product details 383 pages Routledge - English 9780415263245 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "UFO Religions" critically examines some of the fascinating issues surrounding UFO worship such as abduction narratives and UFO-based interpretations of other religions. It focuses on contemporary global UFO groups including the Raelian Movement, Heaven's Gate, Unarius and the Ansaaru Allah Community.
"Synopsis" by , The spectre of the UFO, as popularized by shows such as The X-Files, has brought an astonishing slant to the face of modern religious practice. But what motivates the fantastical and sometimes sinister beliefs of UFO worshippers? UFO Religions critically examines some of the fascinating issues surrounding UFO worship - abduction narratives, UFO-based interpretations of other religions, the growth of pseudo-sciences purporting to explain UFOs, and the responses of the core scientific community to such claims. Focusing on contemporary global UFO groups including the Raelian Movement, Heaven's Gate, Unarius and the Ansaaru Allah Community, it gives a clear profile of modern UFO controversies and beliefs.
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