When Prophecy Never Fails: Myth and Reality in a UFO Religion / Edition 1

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Overview

Of the approximately fifty percent of Americans who believe in UFOs, a fraction are devotees of one of the numerous UFO-based new religious movements. The Unarius Academy of Science is one of the oldest of these groups. Founded in 1954 by "Cosmic Visionaries" Ruth and Ernest Norman (also known, respectively, as Archangels Uriel and Raphiel), Unarius is devoted to teaching the all-encompassing Uranian Science. Combining elements of pop psychology, new age thought, and science fiction, the Science asks its students to channel messages from the infinitely intelligent Space Brothers and to heal themselves through the practice of past-life therapy. Unarians await the arrival of spaceships, manned by the Space Brothers, that will bring to earth advanced intergalactic technology that will benefit all humankind. Tumminia has been conducting research on Unarius for over a decade - attending meetings, inteviewing members, and studying official Unarian literature and videos. Here she offers an inside look at this fascinating movement. She pays particular attention to the ways Unarians adapt when their prophecies - and particularly their prediction that the Space Brothers would land in 2001 - don't materialize. This is the first in-depth study of any UFO religion.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Well-crafted and very clearly written. Succinct and stimulation. I whole-heartedly recommend tihs book to scholars of new religious movements and others." —Sociology of Religion

"Rich in detailed description and thoroughly developed dialogue, this book will also be a useful teaching tool for courses on ethnography or religion."— ournal For The Scientific Study of Religion

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195176759
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/11/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Diana G. Tumminia teaches at California State University at Sacramento, where she won the Outstanding Teaching Award in 2000 for instruction in social psychology and social theory. She studied with the eminent theorist Ralph H. Turner at UCLA. She has written extensively on New Religious Movements and the contactee phenomenon.

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Table of Contents

1 Seekers and setting 19
2 How prophecy never fails 33
3 The process of mythmaking 49
4 The content of Unarian mythology 65
5 Being a good student 79
6 Students and the reality of past-life therapy 93
7 In the dreamtime 113
8 Death and transition 121
9 Preparation for the landing 137
10 How prophecy endures 155
App. I Chronology of Unarius history 163
App. II Stories of the planets in the interplanetary confederation 173
App. III Incarnations of Uriel 181
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