Archive for June, 2010
Readers will recall that we’re looking at elements of Christian eschatology as preparatory to me getting into my concerns as to the marriage of one specific view of eschatology to the UFO / ET question on the part of Christians into UFOs and ETs. Here is the latest installment of my eschatology discussion over on The Naked Bible.
The date is June 30.
The topic? Zecharia Sitchin and ancient astronauts.
As many of you know, I’ve been on Coast to Coast AM many times. It’s always fun. No matter what I’m on for, George Noory (the host) loves to talk about ancient astronauts and Zecharia Sitchin. He’s a skilled host and a great conversationalist. (Despite my disagreements with things I hear, I’m a fan of the show). The odd thing is that we’ve never actually done a whole show on that. The only time to my recollection that I was a guest with that focus was back in 2001 with Art Bell. The show that sort of started all this.
Please tell your friends to tune in! To get a preview of my take on Sitchin’s theories, you can visit my site devoted to that material.
I just posted another installment on eschatology (end times) over on my Naked Bible blog. Again, the goal in that series is to get people to understand that the typical “there’s going to be a Great Tribulation, a rapture, and a millennial kingdom in Israel” view of end times is *not* self evident in the Bible. But it is precisely that view that is presumed in the Christian “fundamentalist” community that seeks to parse UFOs and aliens as part of the end times. You need to understand (1) where that theology comes from / how it is argued, and (2) what its weaknesses are before you can understand my concerns with linking biblical eschatology to the UFO / ET issue.
This has been a long time in the planning. I hope all of you will spread the word by linking to this post and informing people via email.
This October will mark the kickoff of the Institute for Paranormal, Preternatural, and Parapsychological Studies (IPPPS). It is an online institute. There are roughly 60 six-week courses. Besides myself, Dr. Judd Burton is the other faculty member. I may be recruiting other faculty as we proceed.
The goal of the institute is to conduct formal online courses on various topics that fall under the IPPPS acronym. Students will be reading the best academic material on the subject matter and engage in other weekly learning activities with fellow students and the faculty (and likely other guest lecturers).
Here are the divisions and “departments” in IPPPS:
Division of UFO Studies
Ufology and U.S. History
UFOs, Science, and Technology
The Alien Abduction Phenomenon
God, Man, and ET
Division of Preternatural Studies
Religion and Mythology
Division of Parapsychology
Of the 60 courses, some have been selected for the 2010-2011 calendar year (first six week module begins October 4). Students can register at a deep discount until September 19. I’ll be doing some UFO history courses and a couple classes going through the works of Zecharia Sitchin and Barry Downing.
For those who are interested in biblical and ancient studies, I’m launching an institute for that as well. See the Naked Bible blog for info. Those who read this might find the courses on the book of Enoch of interest in that other institute.
Please visit the site; all the details are there. Hope some of you register!