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The Bible and Flying Saucers: Second Edition Paperback – October 23, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-1569247457 ISBN-10: 1569247455 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 2 edition (October 23, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569247455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569247457
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Telerush on July 30, 2011
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I have not read a better book equating angels to UFOs from a biblical perspective. Fans of X-Files may be disappointed, but this work by Dr. Downing is thoroughly grounded in Scripture. It's shocking to me that his view is not more mainstream and that 40 years after its publication there still is a scarcity of books on this subject.

Dr. Downing takes the position not of proving that angels and UFOs exist, but rather that if they do exist, then these 2 phenomenon are identical. From the pillar of cloud/fire in Exodus, to the wheel of Ezekiel, to the fiery chariot which took Elijah into heaven, we are presented with an explanation from a space age perspective which could lift the Bible out of its mythological status into being validated as the realistic record of events which prophets described to the best of their abilities with words such as "chariot".

I appreciate Dr. Downing's honesty in providing limitations and alternate explanations for his views. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is exploring the connection between angels and UFOs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Kingford on April 6, 2014
I just read this book. On the one hand it is not overly well written- just 'so-so'. Eric Von Daniken and Zechariah Sitchen expanded on these ideas but sometimes make such broad unsubstantiated assumptions and historical errors that they lose credibility. Now we even have TV shows like 'Ancient Aliens' that openly examine the possibilities. But they are still considered 'fringe' because they make too many broad assumptions and wild guesses. There is still a shortage of good books in this genre. When I read "Jesus in Kashmir The Lost Tomb" by Suzanne Olsson I was surprised to find that she also touches on this subject,and hers is probably the best book yet on this topic, although it is hidden within an entirely different topic. I never knew the Vatican has its own observatory and believes in UFO's! I recommend Downing's book. If you are not sure about these topics, this book is a good starter intro for everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger H. Kreil on April 11, 2011
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Some people believe that all of the miracles in the Bible and other holy books are too unbelievable to have actually happened. But Barry Downing believes that flying saucers and angels/extraterrestrials played a big part in the biblical religion. It was an interesting book to read.
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16 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Joaquin Morro on July 18, 2008
Written before we landed on the moon, Downing's book argues that the basic stimulus behind the genesis of biblical religion and lore was external, i.e., generated intentionally by a group of beings from another world as opposed to internally within the psyche of man.

Two major problems plague this work.

(1) If Downing is correct, why should we worship beings merely because they eclipse us in technology? The implications of this tawdry point are virtually unaddressed by Downing. The fundamental underpinning of biblical religion relies on the profound primacy of a God that transcends technology, not on one that depends on it.

(2) Downing's argument for UFOs in the old testament is a decent yarn, but for equally plausible natural explanations see "Worlds in Collision" by Velikovsky. Also, it is possible that many old testament tales (such as the flood) simply recycle earlier Summerian and Assyrian legends. If you want to argue for flying saucers in antiquity the books of Zecharia Sitchin go back to the original cuneiform and make a more original (if equally implausible) argument.

The new testament references to UFOs are not convincing largely because Downing's book pre-dates the release of the Nag Hammadi literature (though his new forward, which does, does not address these newly un-earthed gospels). It has been argued that many of the new testament writings that were included in the bible were written by highly educated Greeks many years after Christ died for the express purpose of flouting enemies of the church and other heretics, such as the "Thomas" Christians whose writings appeared at Nag Hammadi. If so, then the New Testament gospels are more akin to polemics than literal eyewitness reports.
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By Charlotte Geier on January 20, 2014
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A very interesting book wit lots of Biblical references that I found very fascinating. I hope to purchase more to share with others.
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I had really been looking forward to reading this book because I found out about it through Chariots of the Gods, many years ago and the title really stuck in my head. And then I just happened to find it at Amazon.com so I placed my order. Anyway, I was a little disappointed, the writing was not very imaginitive.
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He really makes one think about how we got here and what does that mean for us today. Well worth reading.
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By LoisKM on August 3, 2013
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I think this is a very well researched book and as strange as it may sound to connect UFO's with the Bible it easy to see where the comparison is reasonable. I would recommend it to both people knowledgable of the bible and those who aren't. It may stimulate the reader to do their own research.
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