By Susan J. Palmer
"Skillfully weaving jointly attractive narrative and cautious sociological research, Susan Palmer has written a ground-breaking examine that might be the benchmark for all destiny reports of other religions."—James R. Lewis, normal editor of The Oxford instruction manual of latest spiritual events and writer of Legitimating New Religions "Susan Palmer has a unprecedented skill to probe past stereotypes and comprehend unconventional spiritual and social pursuits. Her newest ebook admirably combines rigorous scholarship and sincere empathy in depicting some of the most poorly understood hobbies of our time."—Timothy Miller, college of KansasAliens cherished is the 1st complete size, in-depth examine the Raelian circulation, a desirable new faith based within the Nineteen Seventies by way 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 by way of cloning themselves. The millenarian move awaits the go back of the alien creators, and meanwhile seeks to strengthen the potential for its adherents via unfastened love, sexual experimentation, competition to nuclear proliferation and battle, and the advance of the technological know-how of cloning. Sociologist Susan J. Palmer has studied the Raelian flow for greater than a decade, gazing conferences and rituals and having fun with extraordinary entry to the group’s leaders in addition to to its rank-and-file contributors. during this pioneering learn she presents an intensive research of the move, concentrating on problems with sexuality, millenarianism, and the effect of the clinical worldview on faith and the surroundings. Ra?l’s radical sexual ethics, his gnostic anthropocentricism, and shallow ecotheology provide us a replicate by which we see how our worldview has been formed by way of the forces of globalization, postmodernism, and secular humanism.
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Gary had difﬁculty gaining entrance to the meeting without a pass, but once inside, he showed the gathering Raël’s letter and read the prayer from the stage. Total silence followed, then 90 percent of the members got up and walked out of MADECH (from “Ecoutons Jean Gary” in 20 ans, 39). The Raelian Movement, born out of the ashes of MADECH in February 1976, made important changes that laid the groundwork for a viable new religion based on messages received from on high by “the last of 40 prophets” (Raël 1987a, 104).
Then someone shouted: “Look! ” Two luminous objects both very bright were just above us. The fall of the ﬂakes lasted about ten minutes; then the objects suddenly disappeared. 30 A L I E N S A D O R E D The meaning of this event was that the Elohim were offering a sign so that Raël would not be the only witness to the Elohim’s activities. ” UFO religions aim to instill “a cosmic dimension into an earthbound religious worldview, and to inject into spiritual experiences the element of scientiﬁc veriﬁability” (Saliba 1995a, 54, 55).
Ernest channeled “Space Brothers,” and Ruth, a stenographer, recorded the messages. ” Uriel continued to channel alien communications that spoke of her exalted past incarnations and invited the human race to join the Galactic Federation of thirty-one planets, whose ambassadors were scheduled to perform a mass landing near San Diego in 2001. The Space Brothers’ spiritual teachings are obviously based on the wisdom of Swedenborg, Blavatsky, and Buddha. The appeal of Unarius to its members appears to lie in its corrective therapy and healing process based on revelations of past lives, which require theatrical reenactments of traumas experienced in previous reincarnations.
Aliens Adored: Rael's UFO Religion by Susan J. Palmer