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UFO Religion: Inside Flying Saucer Cults and Culture
     

UFO Religion: Inside Flying Saucer Cults and Culture

by Gregory L. Reece
 

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What is it about UFOs that speaks to people with an apparently religious intensity? In this uncanny and frequently eerie assessment of the world of UFO-logy, Gregory L. Reece travels deep into this alien mindset on a quest for the truth behind everything from Scientologists, crop circles, flying saucer crashes and alien abductions. With tales of a night in the

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What is it about UFOs that speaks to people with an apparently religious intensity? In this uncanny and frequently eerie assessment of the world of UFO-logy, Gregory L. Reece travels deep into this alien mindset on a quest for the truth behind everything from Scientologists, crop circles, flying saucer crashes and alien abductions. With tales of a night in the Mojave Desert watching the night skies for flying saucers, a trip to Nevada's top-secret installation *Area 51* and a visit to the now infamous Roswell crash site, Reece provides an intelligent and humorous anecdotal account of his search for the answers.

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*Reece's highly readable inspection of ufologists who find religious meaning in their passion manages to be both insightful and humorous as it chronicles UFO sightings and purported alien-human interactions. Besides verifiable facts, Reece relays unverifiable conclusions that those who credit them believe because, he says, they are children of the space age as well as humans possessed of the usual existential hopes and fears that they're willing to have allayed by less-than-scientific reasoning. Reece travels to the Mojave Desert to join a group scanning the night sky for alien visitors, considers reports of the so-called Men in Black and Tall Whites identified by many ufologists, and visits the twin ground zeros of U.S. UFO culture, Area 51 in Nevada and Roswell, New Mexico. Bemused if not overtly skeptical, he examines his respondents' belief systems and combs their 'proofs' and conclusions to come up with some truly amazing tidbits. Consider this is an excellent introduction to its genuinely spacey subject.* - Booklist

*UFO Religion is both an informed study of the subject and a thoroughly enjoyable read. While several excellent studies of belief in extraterrestrial visitation are now available, for those unfamiliar with this fascinating area UFO Religion is certainly the book to start with. Gregory L Reece covers a broad range of material with a light and deftly humorous touch. I have no doubt that his book will become a firm favourite with students. I am also confident that even those who, up to this point, have not been particularly interested in UFO belief will enjoy this carefully researched, well-written and accessible book.*—Christopher Partridge, Centre for Religion and Popular Culture, University of Chester

'Greg Reece's UFO Religion engagingly captures that sense of mystery and wonder that drives ufologists to undertake their research. The book is a thorough and impressive analysis of UFO investigations and of supposed alien encounters. In an entertaining and readable style, Reece guides the reader through a maze of possibility and makes many intriguing links between science and religion en route. UFO Religion is an important book for anyone who is interested in the idea that our planet has hosted extraterrestrial visitors: or in what Carl Gustav Jung called *flying saucer cults*.' - Susan J Palmer, Professor of Religious Studies, Dawson College, Montreal, and author of Aliens Adored: Rael's UFO Religion

'In his exploration of the complicated and diverse world of UFO culture, Gregory L Reece communicates a sense of wonder at the extent of the human imagination and our ability to tell powerful and lasting stories about the mysteries of the world around and beyond us. Reece takes his readers on a fascinating excursion from Alabama to Roswell, New Mexico and back again, with many entertaining detours along the way. Stories of alien abductions and distant worlds, he argues, are responses to the infinite possibilities of life and reflect the best and worst of our fears and hopes for the future. He reminds us that we are, after all, “children of the space age,” and so it seems fitting that we cannot decide whether to transform the world or to escape it, to feel hope about the future or terror. It is impossible to reach the end of this book without acquiring a much deeper understanding about the enduring human obsession with UFOs.' - Sarah M Pike, Professor of Religious Studies, California State University, Chico, and author of New Age and Neopagan Religions in America

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845114510
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
08/21/2007
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,384,824
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 8.64(h) x 0.65(d)

Meet the Author

Gregory L. Reece is an independent scholar and writer living in Montevallo, Alabama. He is the author of Elvis Religion: The Cult of the King (I.B.Tauris, 2006).

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