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"Skillfully weaving jointly enticing narrative and cautious sociological research, Susan Palmer has written a ground-breaking research that would be the benchmark for all destiny reports of other religions."—James R. Lewis, basic editor of The Oxford instruction manual of recent non secular activities and writer of Legitimating New Religions "Susan Palmer has a unprecedented skill to probe past stereotypes and comprehend unconventional non secular and social hobbies. Her most up-to-date booklet admirably combines rigorous scholarship and sincere empathy in depicting some of the most poorly understood hobbies of our time."—Timothy Miller, collage of KansasAliens cherished is the 1st complete size, in-depth examine the Raelian move, a desirable new faith based within the Seventies through the charismatic prophet, Ra?l. Born in France as Claude Vorilhon, the previous race-car motive force based the faith after he skilled a visitation from the extraterrestrial beings (the "elohim") who, in his cosmology, created people by means of cloning themselves. The millenarian circulation awaits the go back of the alien creators, and meanwhile seeks to increase the possibility of its adherents via loose love, sexual experimentation, competition to nuclear proliferation and battle, and the improvement of the technological know-how of cloning. Sociologist Susan J. Palmer has studied the Raelian circulation for greater than a decade, looking at conferences and rituals and having fun with extraordinary entry to the group’s leaders in addition to to its rank-and-file contributors. during this pioneering learn she offers a radical research of the circulation, targeting problems with sexuality, millenarianism, and the effect of the medical worldview on faith and the surroundings. Ra?l’s radical sexual ethics, his gnostic anthropocentricism, and shallow ecotheology provide us a reflect during which we see how our worldview has been formed via the forces of globalization, postmodernism, and secular humanism.

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Great flakes were falling from a near cloudless sky. They seemed to be made of a cottony substance, which, when touched, melted in a few seconds. Then someone shouted: “Look! ” Two luminous objects both very bright were just above us. The fall of the flakes lasted about ten minutes; then the objects suddenly disappeared. 30 A L I E N S A D O R E D The meaning of this event was that the Elohim were offering a sign so that Raël would not be the only witness to the Elohim’s activities. ” UFO religions aim to instill “a cosmic dimension into an earthbound religious worldview, and to inject into spiritual experiences the element of scientific verifiability” (Saliba 1995a, 54, 55).

Allen Hynek, a famous astrophysicist responsible for formulating the typology of encounters of the first, second, and third kinds, founded the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS). CUFOS became an important forum for collecting and reviewing data and publishing reports. ) CUFOS was a second effort in the scientific investigation of UFOs. The first effort, the Condon Committee, had failed miserably. S. Air Force launched Project Sign to investigate UFO sightings. It was located at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and classified as secret.

1 The other contactees who went on to become prophets and spiritual masters relied heavily on the ideas of Blavatsky and Swedenborg—ideas that 21 Contactee Prophets in the History of Ufology filter through the schismatic and fissiparous New Age groups that sprouted from the rich compost of the 1960s and 1970s “cultic milieu” (Campbell 1972). During the 1970s these ideas spread like spores as UFO religions began to poke their mushroomlike saucer-shaped heads out of the undergrowth of forgotten knowledge.

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