By Susan J. Palmer
"Skillfully weaving jointly enticing narrative and cautious sociological research, Susan Palmer has written a ground-breaking examine that might be the benchmark for all destiny experiences of different religions."—James R. Lewis, basic editor of The Oxford instruction manual of recent non secular pursuits and writer of Legitimating New Religions "Susan Palmer has a rare skill to probe past stereotypes and comprehend unconventional spiritual and social pursuits. Her most recent ebook admirably combines rigorous scholarship and sincere empathy in depicting probably the most poorly understood routine of our time."—Timothy Miller, college of KansasAliens cherished is the 1st complete size, in-depth examine the Raelian flow, a desirable new faith based within the Nineteen Seventies via 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 means of cloning themselves. The millenarian flow awaits the go back of the alien creators, and meanwhile seeks to enhance the opportunity of its adherents via loose love, sexual experimentation, competition to nuclear proliferation and battle, and the advance of the technology of cloning. Sociologist Susan J. Palmer has studied the Raelian move for greater than a decade, staring at conferences and rituals and having fun with remarkable entry to the group’s leaders in addition to to its rank-and-file contributors. during this pioneering examine she presents a radical research of the stream, targeting problems with sexuality, millenarianism, and the influence of the medical worldview on faith and the surroundings. Ra?l’s radical sexual ethics, his gnostic anthropocentricism, and shallow ecotheology provide us a replicate wherein we see how our worldview has been formed through the forces of globalization, postmodernism, and secular humanism.
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Claude signed a record contract and became a rising teen pop star on the radio. He took on a new identity, assuming the name Claude Celler, put out many records, and wrote a hit song, “La miel et la cannelle” 34 A L I E N S A D O R E D (Honey and cinnamon). He was saving up his money to buy a racing car, a dream he’d had since he was a young boy, but his prospects as a singer came to an abrupt end. Lucien Morisse, his sponsor, committed suicide in September 1970. Vorilhon decided to work as a sports journalist to gain access to the exclusive world of car racing.
In 1974, the very next year, Vorilhon published what his followers reverently refer to as “the Book”: Le livre qui dit la vérité (The book which tells the truth). The book led to lectures and to interviews on French radio and television that were tongue-in-cheek in tone but served to make Raël a famous contactee and helped sell his book. For those who read and believe Le livre, Raël makes it clear that he is more than a mere contactee: He is the ETs’ chosen messenger, a prophet—and not just any prophet, but the last prophet.
They were alien walk-ins, the two witnesses of Revelations, and ﬁnally the two-personed god: He was the Second Coming and she, God the Father. Bonnie had attended many New Age channeling circles and soon convinced Herff that his habit of hearing voices inside his head was not a symptom of psychosis but rather a sign that he was being contacted by spiritu- 22 A L I E N S A D O R E D ally enlightened astronauts who offered an original syncretism of Christian Bible prophecy, gnostic truths, and Star Trek lore (Balch 1982a).
Aliens Adored: Rael's UFO Religion by Susan J. Palmer