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Archive for June, 2012

The Magonia Review just posted a short review of After Disclosure, by Richard Dolan and Bryce Zabel (New Page Books, 2012). I haven’t read the book, and the review does little to encourage me. As readers know, I have high regard for Dolan’s historical works on UFOs, but it seems the speculative nature of this book (a “what if?” sort of approach, as opposed to chronicling the history of UFOs in the US), means this effort isn’t going to deserve such accolades.

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I had occasion to do a bit more reading on Robbie Graham’s blog (Silver Screen Saucers) this week and wanted to make sure my own readers know about it. Robbie is doctoral degree candidate in film studies. His dissertation topic concerns “Hollywood’s historical representations of UFOs and potential extraterrestrial life.” He has several informative essays on his site that extend from this focus:

Have a look — it’s fascinating material.

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In the wake of my review of the dismal Prometheus (the word still prompts that “I feel a yawn coming on” feeling), a reader asked for my own Top Ten list of favorite science fiction films. Below is a list of more than ten, in no particular order. A few notes are in order: (1) I have excluded super hero films (e.g., The Dark Knight, Avengers, etc.) and fantasy (e.g., Lord of the Rings, Princess Bride), since those aren’t science fiction. (2) inclusion on the list means I have watched them all multiple times — the sort of movie that, if I see it while someone is channel surfing (I rarely watch TV), I’ll feel the urge to make them stop so I can watch at least some of it. (3) I like these movies for different reasons — a clever premise, several great scenes, imagination, that sort of thing. Here they are:

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
The Matrix
Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek (2009)
Alien
Aliens
Star Wars
Empire Strikes Back
Contact
Knowing
Stargate
Super 8
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Jurassic Park
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Independence Day
Gattaca
X-Files: Fight the Future
Predator
The Boys from Brazil

For those new to “Christian Ufology,” AlienResistance.org is a Christian ministry whose mission is as follows:

Our mission is to provide orthodox biblical perspectives on the modern UFO and “alien” phenomenon, exposing proven deceptions, and equipping the church to minister truth and freedom to those currently deceived by experiences and/or strongholds related to now-popular belief systems of aliens actively visiting humanity.

I’ve known the folks behind AR for a number of years and appreciate their ministry. Guy Malone recently sent me the link to a sort of “reverse position paper” — a list of “What We Don’t Believe” in regard to Christian interest in all things ufological. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of teaching about UFOs, alleged aliens, nephilim breeding and eschatological conspiracy, etc. circulating on the web by Christians whose concern is admirable, but whose thinking on these and other related subjects is flawed and misguided. I’ve read through “What We Don’t Believe” and am in complete agreement with what AR rejects. I would, however, add one caveat to this line:

[We do not believe and do not teach] That any humans (save those on the Ark) or nephilim survived the flood of Noah’s time, whether by taking refuge in a hollow earth, the second heaven, outer space, or anywhere else.

My caveat is that I think a local flood is certainly biblically defensible, and so the question of human “survival” in other parts of the world would be moot should the biblical flood story reflect a localized, not a globalized, event.

I hope readers will take a look at AR’s list of what they don’t believe, especially if they consider themselves Christians and believe Christians need to be thinking about UFOs and their impact on what people believe in terms of worldview and religion.

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Readers conversant in UFO lore will recall that the 1908 Tunguska event has not escaped the “UFOs are the key to the theory of everything” mindset that infects many in the ufological community. While scientists have opted for mundane explanations for the event,  like the explosion of a comet or meteor, those who know “the truth” understand that a UFO explosion (with its apparently nuclear power source) was the real cause.

[Sigh]

Scientists recently made another attempt at boring the public with … you guessed it … science, as well as continuing the decades-long cover-up, by publishing the results of an investigation to identify an impact crater in Lake Cheko that would add weight to a meteor impact as the cause of the event. An impact crater? A meteor and not a UFO? Please, stop the madness!

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