UFOs, Aliens and Religion

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Is there life out there in the great beyond? It is a question that many of us have asked, but there is no real answer, no tangible evidence to validate the existence of other intelligent beings. All we have are so-called experiences that earthly people have had with these beings, like me. I remember, as a child, I stayed awake late one night. I was lying in bed admiring the stars outside my window when I saw a bright light in the distance. It moved in impossible ways I could not explain, even to this day. It was only for a moment, but the memory of this unexplainable phenomena has stayed with me ever since. If there are other intelligent beings like us living in distant worlds, how do we explain their standing in religious history? Are they gods or angels? Are they our creators? In decades past, people who claim to have had ufological experiences have banded together to create religious societies in their quest to become closer to extraterrestrial life. While all of these societies support different views on UFOs and religion, all have one common belief – there is life out there and they are real and powerful beings far more advanced than humans in technology and psychic abilities. Throughout this research paper, I will establish how some of these religious societies were formed, and describe in detail how their belief system works and why they are considered religious in nature. First and foremost, to achieve a better understanding of these societies, I must define what UFO religion means. According to the Wikipedia website, an online encyclopedia, “UFO religion is an informal term used to describe a religion that equates extraterrestrials with gods or other semi-divine beings and that humanity either currently... ... middle of paper ... ...en Worlds: Social and Religious Dimensions of Extraterrestrial Content. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2007. Helland, Christopher. “The Raelian Creation Myth and the Art of Cloning: Reality or Rhetoric?” Alien Worlds: Social and Religious Dimensions of Extraterrestrial Content. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2007. Message from the Designers. URL: http://rael.org/rael_content/rael_summary.php (2005). Scientology: A Reference Work Presented by the Church of Scientology International. URL: http://www.bonafidescientology.org (2007). “Scientology.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/scientology (27 September 2009). Cross, Anne. “A Confederacy of Fact and Faith.” Alien Worlds: Social and Religious Dimensions of Extraterrestrial Content. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2007.
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