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Astronomer and clergyman Ross wrote nine chapters of this philosophical, Christian approach to the study of UFOs. Convinced that a small percentage of reports cannot be explained in conventional terms, he rejects the condescending skepticism of mainstream science as well as the "dangerous credulity" of some UFO proponents. Because the extraterrestrial-origins hypothesis has some flaws, he thinks UFOs are likelier to be demonic manifestations originating in some spiritual dimension. Philosopher-theologian Kenneth Samples' chapters consider various types of UFO experiences, including abductions, ongoing contact with aliens, and UFO cult organizations; and political scientist Mark Clark addresses government cover-ups of and conspiracies about UFOs. Although the book constitutes one of the more rational attempts to correlate the scientific and the scriptural, secular humanists may fail to be convinced, especially since it asserts that many UFO witnesses have participated "knowingly or unknowingly, in occultism or occult-related activities." Three appendixes about the conditions essential to life on Earth imply that its development is so rare as to be unique. George Eberhart
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HUGH ROSS earned a B.Sc. in physics from the University of British Columbia and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Toronto. He directs the efforts of Reasons To Believe, an institute founded to research and proclaim the factual basis for faith in God and His Word, the Bible. Dr. Ross has authored many books, including The Creator and the Cosmos and The Genesis Question.

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  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress Publishing Group; 1st edition (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576832082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576832080
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hugh Ross (Ph.D., University of Toronto) is founder and president of Reasons To Believe, a ministry team devoted to bridging the gap between science and faith. A well-known author and Christian apologist, Ross has addressed students and faculty on hundreds of campuses, churches, and professional groups in the U.S. and abroad. He also serves on the pastoral staff of Sierra Madre Congregational Church, and as adjunct faculty at A.W. Tozer Seminary in Redding, California. He and his wife, Kathy, and their two sons live in Southern California.

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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Tom Hinkle on November 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
Thirty years ago I read a pamphlet written by a fundamentalist author (who inundated the Christian market with such pamphlets back in those days) who asserted that the UFOs that weren't out-and-out hoaxes to be the work of the demonic realm. When I discovered this book, co-written by an evangelical scientist that I highly respect (Hugh Ross), I was interested to see what conclusion would be reached by these highly educated authors. Guess what? Same conclusion! However, painstaking scientific knowledge and logic are brought to bear on this issue, to the point where it's impossible (for me, at least) to doubt that this really is the case.
The sections of the book written by Ross were the most compelling for me. He lays out the utter impossibility of travelers from other galaxies making the trek from earth. In fact, he makes a strong case for the view that earth is the only planet in the universe capable of sustaining intelligent life. After he fully convinces the reader that UFOs are not carrying interstellar visitors, he uses the interdimensional model, accepted by many non-religious researchers, to explain the small percentage of UFOs that are actually legitimate. He ties in the fact that most alien abductees have a background in the occult (not necessarily ALL of them, with due respect to a previous reviewer) to conclude that demons are behind the UFO phenomenon.
This is a fascinating book, and I'm sure some people will shake their heads, but the authors make what seems to be an air-tight case. So enjoy watching Star Trek, but keep in mind that it's just a fantasy, and those Klingons could not possibly be from another planet.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Mike B. on January 26, 2003
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Most UFOs are just naturally occurring events, hoaxes, or military aircraft as we all know but what about those few that really cannot be explained? What about the claims that people make that have encountered alien life forms visiting Earth?
You can find a lot of UFO book on the market that claim they hold the answers to this puzzling phenomenon but they usually only leave you with more questions then answers.
Lights in the sky breaks the trend. It proves the answers to the UFO mystery.
It starts by making the case that life on other plants is highly improbable and interstellar space travel is even more improbable and borders on impossible due sheer distance and the dangers of space travel. These claims are backed up with science and it goes into some depth. Meanwhile, the idea of a government cover-up can be chalked up to simple slow moving bureaucratic procedures.
Lights makes the claim that real UFO encounters are of a more super nature occurrence and are usually experienced by people who have a connection with the Occult. That these experiences are of demonic origins. Before you scoff at this idea keep in mind that idea of UFOs as we know them became popularized as the human race pioneered space travel. Pervious to then, people claimed to have seen "air ships" at the turn of the century and "fairies" and other mystical beings before then.
Lights in the Sky is well written and well research and is a must read for anybody interested in UFOs. Its aimed for a Christian audience but its not at all preachy. Its a work that should be taken seriously by both Christian and non-Christians.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. Heiser on December 2, 2002
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If it is true that a book that both stimulates and irritates is a good read, then this book certainly qualifies. Finally, the Christian publishing community has (briefly) taken its head out of the sand and invited us to a serious academic treatment of the UFO / ET question. I'll cut to the chase and try to be brief (a full ten page review is available on my website, [...] This is an important book that everyone interested in ufology - Christian or otherwise - should read and digest. With the exception of the two chapters by Mark Clark (chs. 7-8), this is a sterling example of both introducing a topic to readers unfamiliar with the subjects and judicious evaluation of those subjects. The first two chapters are written by Sample, and form an introduction and an overview of the various types of UFOs. The second chapter articulates the two basic categories into which Ross and Sample group all UFO encounters. First, there are the IFOs - UFOs which are actually Identifiable Flying Objects. Most UFOs (and I would agree) can reasonably be identified as: natural phenomena misunderstood by the observer; misidentified man-made flying objects (often of classified military origin); hoaxes; and psychological dysfunction (which does not translate into some sort of mental illness). Second, there are the small number of sightings that simply defy these explanations. These are referred to throughout the book as RUFOs ("Residual UFOs"). These UFOs, the book argues (and again I concur) are non-physical but absolutely real. The question, then, is not whether there are genuine UFOs, but what exactly those UFOs (better, RUFOs) are. Sample informs us that the book will subsequently test two hypotheses for answering this question: the ETH (Extraterrestrial Hypothesis) and the IDH (Inter-dimensional Hypothesis).Read more ›
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Perez on July 8, 2003
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An outstanding presentation by three exceedingly competent authors, the book is ideal for non-thesists, Christians, UFO aficionados, scientists, lay persons, or those who are merely intrigued by UFO claims. The authors don't just make claims, they give outstanding, well-documented evidence for them, and unlike other books on the subject, there is no hype or exaggeration. The scientific evidence is detailed enough in the appendices to invite scientists, but in the main body copy it is simple enough to keep the attention of non-scientists.

The arguments are well-formed and sound. The theology expresses a Christianity that all major historical Christian denominations can agree on. The writing is interesting and flows nicely. Overall, this book is a rare, level-headed find in the genre of UFO studies, and should be a high-scorer among popular and technical readers. Excellent book.
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