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The Bible and Flying Saucers: Second Edition 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1569247457
ISBN-10: 1569247455
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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
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #931,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By doug on February 7, 2015
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Just started reading it. Within the first few pages it mentions 'Chariots of the Gods' written by a theorist who is on Ancient Aliens a lot. I've seen him on this program and though I disagree with his ideas, this book, The Bible and Flying Saucers is really hitting home. I'm really enjoying reading it, it's a hard book to put down. I plan to savor every page and read slowly in order to grasp it in its entirety.
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I heard about this book from Ancient Aliens. I have gone to Catholic school all of my life and am aware of the Bible stories and the way this book was written is very well. Its easy to follow, its not forcing you to believe in Aliens over God or anything like that, it just gives examples of the authors findings/research/his beliefs, etc. of the teachings of the Bible and what could have been alien encounters over clouds with people on them in the skies.
You have to have an open mind when reading.
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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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First, thank you Yasmeen for such a lovely compliment about my book. I overlooked reviewing this book until now. I also addressed the probability that Biblical encounters may be related to UFO's. I have read `The Bible and Flying Saucers'. I like this book very much. (It's here on my desk as I write this, although I've had this book quite a few years now). Authors like Sitchen and Von Daniken write with a broad global sweep, taking us from Machu Pichu to the pyramids at Giza, from Babylon and Sumerians to Roswell, jumping around the world following UFO influences on mankind. Barry Downing, however, stays focused strictly on Biblical experiences and UFO influence on the future of Christianity. On page 199 he discusses the probability that the Second Coming of Jesus could be based on fact, the fact that there are shortcuts and time warps in space that make it probable to jump from galaxy to galaxy and return.

He states, "Flying saucers and the possibility of the Second Coming of Christ open up the possibility that the Christian faith could be verified or falsified in this world..." "It is clear that in the Bible the "time" element was never settled. " The second coming could happen in 20 years or 2,000 years, but it could happen!. I think Barry Downing has written a very convincing book presenting Jesus in an exciting new role. In my book I refer to Jesus as `Captain of the Star Fleet.' Downing would approve. I recommend this book to all. I know I was grateful for this author's insights. When I wrote my own book about Jesus, I stood on his shoulders. Highly recommended, quick, simple, easy to read, but the ideas are profound and will stay with you forever.
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I have been reading on the subject since the 1960s. And I also have gone to graduate school in Theology, so I am very open to the premise of this book. This particular book is a re-issue of older edition with a new forward. I could not maintain interest in what I find to be a immensely fascinating subject. Downing is more interested in comparing various religious perspectives and theories rather than truly delving into the subject, as depicted by the title of the book. Frankly, it reads like a boring dissertation when it should be an intriguing dissertation. I just kept waiting for him to get to the nuts and bolts of "Flying Saucers" in the Bible and it was truly maddening to read this book. Took forever, that's how boring and off topic his writing is. Definitely do not recommend.
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