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Gods of the New Millennium : Scientific Proof of Flesh & Blood Gods Paperback – June, 1999

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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition edition (June 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340696133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340696132
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 4.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,068,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan F. Alford was an independent researcher and author, who was increasingly being recognised as the world's leading authority on ancient mythology and the esoteric meaning of ancient and modern religions.

Since the mid-1980s, Alan Alford had been on a quest for the truth of human existence, seeking answers to the eternal questions of who we are and where we come from. Inspired, in the first instance, by the controversial theories of Erich von Daniken and Zecharia Sitchin, Alford focused his research on the enigmatic 'gods' of ancient mythology, pursuing his quest with one single-minded objective - to decode the secrets of the gods and thereby understand who or what these gods actually were.

One of the most notable features of Alford's quest was his willingness to challenge his own preconceptions, as well as those of others. In 1998, he stunned readers of his first book 'Gods of the New Millennium' by issuing a retraction of his 'flesh and blood gods' theory in his sequel 'The Phoenix Solution', in which he argued that the Egyptian gods personified the cataclysmic powers of creation. Alford's arguments were indeed so powerful that Zecharia Sitchin, the world's leading ancient astronaut theorist, threatened him with a 50 million dollar lawsuit on the grounds that his comments discredited his (Sitchin's) theories and destroyed his reputation.

In fact, Alford's primary aim was to promote his own theories rather than attacking competitor theories, and this he has done in four further books: 'When The Gods Came Down', subtitled 'The Catastrophic Roots of Religion Revealed' (published by Hodder and Stoughton in April 2000); 'The Atlantis Secret', subtitled 'A Complete Decoding of Plato's Lost Continent' (published by Eridu Books in October 2001); 'Pyramid of Secrets', subtitled 'The Architecture of the Great Pyramid Reconsidered in the Light of Creational Mythology' (published by Eridu Books in May 2003); and 'The Midnight Sun', subtitled 'The Death and Rebirth of God in Ancient Egypt' (published by Eridu Books in October 2004).

In these books, Alford argued that ancient religions were 'cults of creation' - i.e. cults whose primary aim was to celebrate and re-enact perpetually the myth of the creation of the Universe - and that the gods personified the cataclysmic powers of creation. And he demonstrated, beyond any doubt, that these ancient religions transmitted a profound legacy of creational and cataclysmic thought to modern-day Judaism and Christianity.

But Alford was Velikovskian catastrophist. Rather, he suggested that the cataclysm of creation was a mythical event which dated to the beginning of time - little different in principle from the modern myth of the Big Bang. As far as human history is concerned, he called only for the recognition of cometary and meteoritic phenomena as contributory factors to the development of man's theories on the origins of the Universe. Thus Alford carved out his own distinctive niche as a pioneering interpreter of ancient myth, religion and philosophy.

Alan and his wife Sumu, spent much of their spare time doing charity work in Nepal and it was there that Alan died in a tragic accident in November of 2012.

His last literary project, although in the final stages, was unfinished and there is no doubt we lost a fine innovative thinker who would be making significant contributions to his chosen field.

You can learn more about Alan and his work at his website: http://www.eridu.co.uk

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It's true that this book assumes the basic veracity of Sitchin's work, and employes it as the underpinnings of his treatment. While other reviewers note this with muted criticism, the fact is that Sitchin has never been refuted. Criticized greatly, yes, but not effectively refuted. Given this, there is no valid reason not to accept Sitchin and the others cited in this book in an evidential manner. If mainstream science can adopt specious, illogical assumptions as the basis for much of what becomes "conventional wisdom", it is reasonable to embrace alternative, but more internally logical, interpretations on which to build a case. If one accepts this, then indeed the author has made the case for "scientific proof of flesh and blood gods."
Whether one agrees with Alford's book or not, 'Gods of the New Millennium' does reconcile many disparate elements (religions, myths, archeological and geological records, etc.) into a cohesive whole, something not done by any other writer (to my knowledge, anyway). Add to this the fact that the book is imminently readable and absolutely absorbing, and it becomes difficult to fathom what more a book can offer.
Among the many fascinating notions put forth by Alford (with skillful logic) is that the "gods" (aliens) "operate in eras of 2,160 years", and that we have been in a "hands off" period. Alford speculates that the next active era (of involvement of the gods in man's affairs) would commence somewhere between the turn of the 21st century and 2012. He poses the question as to what might indicate that the gods have re-engaged themselves in our lives.
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In this book, Alford examines the idea that human culture and indeed human genes may have been planted onto this planet by extraterrestrial intelligences. Following the pioneering explorations and speculations by his predecessors von Daeniken and Sitchin, Alford examines several "unexplained mysteries" - from ancient Sumeria, pharaonic Egypt, Baalbek to Stonehenge, Nazca and Peru. He points out the unlikelyhood that the monumental buildings, found at those sites, could have been constructed with simple Iron Age technologies. To support this thesis, A. provides interesting information, especially on less conventional research which tends to be omitted from the "classical" anthropological and historical work. I found his take on pharaonic records and Giza pyramids especially intriguing; moreover, Sitchin's work on Sumerians is given due credit .
While unfailingly interesting, the book has noticeable shortcomings. Alford's uncritical approach to published (and unpublished) literature is troublesome. He is quite happy to take a flimsy idea and present it as fact while conveniently ignoring other contradictory evidence (especially if it is "conventional"). He is also prone to citing, in the same breath, data from reliable and accepted studies and highly speculative notions based on hunches and zero evidence. Sitchin's work is accepted a bit too uncritically and with too much reverence which ultimately hobbles the book. Thus, in his enthousiasm to prove the extraterrestrial connection, Alford tries to do too much and, for me, undermines the credibility of his main idea. Still, if you are an aficionado of this genre, you will find a lot of food for thought. Which, ultimately, is what counts.
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Alford leans heavily on the research of Zecharia Stichin to write this entertaining and thoughtful book. He has obviously read extensivly in the areas of pre-history civilisation. While he doesn't seem to lend the same scientific gravitas as other writers in this field, he does lend an understanding which makes him emminently more accessible. He seeks to bring together the theories expounded in recent times, and like others, his conscoius or subconscoius desire to find a single theme can be a failing point.
If you enjoy being forced to question your beliefs and are prepared to read and analyse before forming an opinion, then read "Gods of the new millenium"
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Is it hard to express ones feelings after reading this book. Finally someone stood up and put mankinds mysteries together! Of course the thought that mankind is a hybrid offspring of an alien race, designed as slaves nearly 170,000 years ago, is most uncomfortable for many people from the monotheistic religions like Islam, Christendom and Judaism. People with an open mind will be fascinated of this book while recognizing that mankind is not the crown of a divine creation like some religions want make us to believe. Alfords work is well done regarding the fact that he investigated so many misteries all over the world, but he managed it to show the relations between them. I have read many books which refer to mankinds old history like works from Eric v. Däniken and others, but no one has been able to put this in an all-in-one theory like Alford have done. I'm eager to read more from this author in the future.
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