Aliens Adored: Rael's UFO Religion by Susan J. Palmer

By Susan J. Palmer

"Skillfully weaving jointly enticing narrative and cautious sociological research, Susan Palmer has written a ground-breaking research that would be the benchmark for all destiny stories of different religions."—James R. Lewis, basic editor of The Oxford instruction manual of latest non secular hobbies and writer of Legitimating New Religions "Susan Palmer has a rare skill to probe past stereotypes and comprehend unconventional spiritual and social hobbies. Her most up-to-date e-book admirably combines rigorous scholarship and sincere empathy in depicting essentially the most poorly understood pursuits of our time."—Timothy Miller, college of KansasAliens loved is the 1st complete size, in-depth examine the Raelian move, a desirable new faith based within the Nineteen Seventies by means of the charismatic prophet, Ra?l. Born in France as Claude Vorilhon, the previous race-car driving force based the faith after he skilled a visitation from the extraterrestrial beings (the "elohim") who, in his cosmology, created people through cloning themselves. The millenarian circulate awaits the go back of the alien creators, and meanwhile seeks to improve the potential for its adherents via unfastened love, sexual experimentation, competition to nuclear proliferation and struggle, and the advance of the technology of cloning. Sociologist Susan J. Palmer has studied the Raelian stream for greater than a decade, watching conferences and rituals and having fun with unparalleled entry to the group’s leaders in addition to to its rank-and-file individuals. during this pioneering research she presents an intensive research of the stream, targeting problems with sexuality, millenarianism, and the influence of the medical worldview on faith and the surroundings. Ra?l’s radical sexual ethics, his gnostic anthropocentricism, and shallow ecotheology provide us a reflect during which we see how our worldview has been formed through the forces of globalization, postmodernism, and secular humanism.

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But the ethical content of Raël’s relayed messages is consistent with that of other pre-Adamski contactees—warnings concerning the nuclear threat and our warmongering and the need to unite all races and cultures into one 24 A L I E N S A D O R E D global humanity, among others. Raël’s extraterrestrials also offer advice on how to establish harmonious human relationships between the sexes—but their advice is quite distinctive. Ernest Norman’s Venusians advocate monogamy and an orderly family life.

As he stood in a clearing looking at the brilliant starlit night, the same Eloha appeared to him and invited him aboard his spaceship to spend twenty-four hours on the planet of the Elohim. There, Raël was introduced to Elohim society, whose political system he admired and later described in La geniocratie (1977b). Raël enjoyed the aliens’ recreational facilities and describes his high-tech sensual experience, which consisted of making love to six female biological robots in a Roman bath all night.

Adamski, who lived in California on Mount Palomar, where he had built an observatory, claimed that in October 1946, while he and his friends were watching meteor showers, they beheld a gigantic spacecraft hovering in the 18 A L I E N S A D O R E D sky. In 1952, Adamski and six associates followed up by driving out into the desert to hunt for UFOs. By noon they saw a huge silvery cigar-shaped craft approach and hover, then drift away. Adamski got out of the car with his telescope and asked his companions to drive off, leaving him alone.

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