ABSTRACT

The spectre of the UFO, as popularized by shows such as The X-Files, has brought an astonishing slant to the face of modern religious practice. But what motivates the fantastical and sometimes sinister beliefs of UFO worshippers? UFO Religions critically examines some of the fascinating issues surrounding UFO worship - abduction narratives, UFO-based interpretations of other religions, the growth of pseudo-sciences purporting to explain UFOs, and the responses of the core scientific community to such claims. Focusing on contemporary global UFO groups including the Raelian Movement, Heaven's Gate, Unarius and the Ansaaru Allah Community, it gives a clear profile of modern UFO controversies and beliefs.

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Part I: Introduction

chapter 1|40 pages

Understanding UFO religions and abduction spiritualities: Christopher Partridge

ByCHRISTOPHER PA RT RIDGE

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Part II: Observing Religions

chapter 6|20 pages

The URANTIA book: Sarah Lewis

BySARAH LEWIS

chapter 7|13 pages

The United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors: Theodore Gabriel

ByTHEODORE GABRIEL

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Part III: Understanding narratives

chapter 11|18 pages

UFO religions and cargo cults: Garry W. Trompf

ByGAR RY W. TROMPF

chapter 13|18 pages

UFO beliefs as syncretistic components: Mikael Rothstein

ByMIKAEL ROTHSTEIN

chapter 16|15 pages

Jung on UFOs ROBE RT A . SEGAL