- 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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Gods of the New Millennium : Scientific Proof of Flesh & Blood Gods Paperback – June, 1999
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The chapters on the Sumerian texts was hard to follow...it is very complicated mythology. However, other chapters that explored unexplkainable feats (e.g. Read morePublished 6 months ago by meganajjcec
I am intrigued by the premise of Alford's book. However, I must say, having read only a small part of his book, that even in the small representative sample I have read that there... Read morePublished 15 months ago by GRJ
A very well researched and fascinating book which really makes you question our origins and where we come from. Read morePublished 18 months ago by julie willis
I have owned this book previously in paperback but never in hard cover .The book was advertised as being in "fair condition" ,however ,upon receiving it in hardcover ,not... Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Peter Kilvington
Not bad if you are interested in ancient myth, but the linking them to a Planet X, I have a little trouble with that the theoryPublished on December 26, 2012 by Jeffrey Jones
I bought this book based on what I read online; Alford's arguments were solidly based on Zechariah Sitchin's work and provided a neat summary of the whole work. Read morePublished on November 11, 2012 by Remo Williams
Abstract: "Where did we come from and why are we here? What is the nature of the path we tread and where does it lead? Read morePublished on July 19, 2011 by Ora E Stoll
Allegorical mysteries are interpreted and rationalized as literal world events to support a worldview as fanciful, far-fetched and muddled as you expect from much New Age writing. Read morePublished on August 23, 2009 by Lore