Archive for December, 2012
I just heard from Kirkdale Press, the publisher of The Facade, that the book is climbing on Amazon’s “best-sellers” category for Christian fiction / fantasy. I’m not exactly what that means, but it’s no doubt good news. I’ve also heard that “liking” the book on Amazon will help raise its profile. If you want to help in that regard, you (and your friends or family) can rate The Façade on Amazon by hitting the “like” button at this link (next the “customer reviews” under the title).
If you believe in this nonsense, then here is what else you must believe:
1. That everything we know about astronomy and celestial mechanics is wrong (I’d want to know how we put people on the moon, why Voyager was a success, and how we landed rovers on Mars if that’s the case).
2. That all amateur astronomers work for NASA and they are collectively lying — without a single exception or refugee of conscience . . . or maybe they are all in FEMA camps at NASA’s orders.
3. That the Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Egyptians, and Mayans – supposedly cultures with fantastic astronomical knowledge (per people like Graham Hancock and Zecharia Sitchin) — somehow unanimously never noted a single near pass of Planet X in their astronomical texts. You’d think if it happened it would have been important enough to include a least one line about it. There was no NASA back then to make them lie or put them in FEMA camps.
4. That Nancy Lieder really does talk to aliens, and the aliens don’t know anything about astronomy either . . . or they’re working for NASA and helping to silence the world’s amateur astronomers of the world.
5. That the Mesopotamian astronomical texts we have are lies — since they know of no planet beyond Saturn and never cite Nibiru as a planet beyond Saturn.
6. That if something’s on the internet, it must be true.
7. That the people promoting the Planet X 2012 Doomsday stuff aren’t interested in making a quick buck off you — they’re doing it for the children.
8. That Harold Camping was misunderstood.
9. That Hollywood movies are where truth comes from.
10. That science only matters when it confirms what you already believe.
Just a heads up – the good folks at Coast to Coast AM have scheduled me to be on the show the night of Thursday, December 20. I’m naturally relieved that I’ll get to be on the show again before the world ends the next day. The topic will be apocalypticism, and so we’ll be chatting about the Mayan Doomsday hype, millennialism, and assorted other beliefs related to end times. Anyone who follows my Naked Bible blog will know that I take a dim view of popular Christian eschatology, so that will no doubt come up. Should be fun!
How does this relate to the sequel to my paranormal, theological thriller, The Facade? Well, not only will I be talking about the sorts of things I don’t believe have validity when it comes to the topic, but I’m suspecting that I may tread into what I do think — specifically, how certain Christian end times beliefs could be used by an intelligent evil to crush and demoralize Christianity. The vulnerability of Christianity to its own slavish thinking is a thread that runs through the sequel, The Portent. We’ll see how much of that I get into. At any rate, I’ll be getting into a good bit of that at the upcoming Future Congress 2 (Jan 4-6, 2013) during my second talk. If you attend, please introduce yourself!
Jason Colavito has a worthwhile post on this infamous “proof” for UFO visitation. The whole idea of a “UFO Battle” derives from the woodcutting shown here (courtesy of Wikimedia commons). Jason’s post tells you a few things about the origins of the woodcut that the UFO community won’t tell you, so have a look!
Personally, it looks more like “Battle of the Gum Drops and Pez Dispensers” to me.