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Ufos-God's Chariots? Paperback – June 17, 2011
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Drawing on first hand interviews as well as highly publicized reports of the contactees of the 1950s and the abductees of the 1960s and beyond Peters finds remarkable similarities between UFO and (primarily Christian) religious experiences. God's Chariots is astonishingly relevant today given the widespread propagation of "ancient astronaut theory" with its rapidly expanding claims that extraterrestrial visitation accounts for human biological and cultural evolution and can "explain" pyramids, Stonehenge, great scientific discoveries, artistic achievements, and just about everything else worthy of note. Could it be that ancient astronauts erected the statues on Easter Island? Could it be that they introduced airplanes to the ancient Egyptians and built pyramids around the world? Could they have influenced the work of Michelangelo, Beethoven, and Jules Verne? Could they have influenced the rise or fall of Nazi Germany, or the saga of America's Wild West? Or could it be that such claims rest upon ignorance, weak scholarship, gullibility, and a failure of people who live in these high tech times to recognize our ancestors many achievements (including heave-hor technology) and give them their due? Read this book before you decide!
Other books also have explored the relationship between UFOs and religion. Most of these are by sociologists and focus on collective behavior and social movements. God's Chariots is set apart by its informed discussion of theological issues. Are UFO myths modern, or are they ancient ideas recast for modern times? Is it easier for those of us alive to accept bad science over good religion? What does God look like - Santa Claus, tapioca pudding, or a spaceman perhaps? Could one of His agents appear to us ET? If ET came here to become "our gods" where did they come from and who were their gods? How do mainstream and UFO religions view salvation, redemption, and eternal life? Are there any intellectual or spiritual reasons for choosing one over the other? Readers with any interest in the theological and religious implications of UFOs should find God's Chariots a welcome alternative to the writings of religious fundamentalists and evangelical atheists.
It's going to be a very interesting book club meeting this month as the author is expected to be there.