Mike’s not a ufologist, but FATE Magazine named Mike to its 2005 list of the 100 most influential people in the field. Mike is, however, a scholar in the fields of ancient near eastern religions. He’s also devoted more of his life than seems advisable to the scholarly study of western occultism and alternative religions oriented around the belief in aliens. Religion is religion — it’s all the same? Not true.UFO Religions RSS
For some reason (Halloween?) the story of Boyd Bushman’s deathbed confession about aliens at AREA-51 has been circulating a lot in recent days. Bushman passed away in August of this year. He was a senior scientists with Lockheed Martin (his own description – but even that is doubtful). His confession / story is below:
If you watch the video, Bushman holds up photos of an alien he claims was at AREA-51. (Boyd supposedly snuck in — and out! — a disposable camera and took the photos). Here are two screenshots:
Unfortunately, Boyd has been exposed. The alien is a rubber toy, as this photo (from this link on Rense.com) illustrates quite well.
Enjoyed the interview last night on the Skywatchers podcast show. A fun time discussing Christianity and ET life, Majestic documents, and ancient astronaut mythology. This was my first time on this show.
I was interviewed this past week by Natalina for her Extraordinary Intelligence podcast. The interview was a good one. Talked about The Facade first just a bit, and then focused on the new sequel, The Portent. Just like my first interview a year or so ago, Natalina succeeded in getting information from me, some of it even personal!
The last two reviews on Amazon capture what to expect in The Portent pretty well. Here are a few lines:
[The Portent] takes everything the reader thought they knew (and were sure of) about the return of Jesus and turns it on its head! [It] challenges all popular end times belief scenarios with stunning precision and well documented, real-life supported claims. The divine council of The Portent will forever change your perspective regarding the return of Jesus, who may be fooled, and who won’t! This is a must read for anyone who believes in intelligent evil and an elegant shadow system that operates above the law, behind the scenes, and hidden in plain sight.
When it comes to internet mythology about alleged alien assistance to the ancient Egyptians, the hieroglyphs in the picture are ground zero. As with the case of the lightbulb in Egyptian art, and the mis-identified picture of an alien grey in an Egyptian wall painting, the claim that there were technologically advanced flying craft in ancient Egypt is utterly bogus.
The glyphs in question are in the temple of Seti I at Abydos. I have blogged about these glyphs before, explaining that they are a well-known and classic instance of hieroglyphic superimposition — a palimpset. In briefest terms, the panel in Seti I’s tomb on which the current glyphs was originally carved with a set of “normal” hieroglyphs. At a subsequent point in time, the glyphs were plastered over and re-carved — a well-known phenomenon in ancient Egyptian monumental writing. After centuries of time, the plaster came off, revealing what we see now — two sets of hieroglyphs superimposed. That is why some of the shapes on this panel are unlike any others in Egypt.
The mdw-ntr website has a detailed, thorough, splendidly illustrated step-by-step explanation of this process. It is absolutely certain that these hieroglyphs are the result of carving one set of glyphs over another for a simple reason: each set of glyphs is known from other texts. It is quite easy to illustrate how the “helicopter” came about from both sets of glyphs. If you want the truth, it’s all here.
Um … no.
Here’s a link to a detailed debunking / explanation from the MDW-NTR website. It’s the same site that featured the exhaustive debunking of the “light bulb” at Denderah. The author provides the visual context that you need — and that ancient astronaut theorists never provide — for the correct understanding.
I made a page of important links related to a wide range of topics covered on my PaleoBabble and UFO Religions blogs. It doesn’t have a sidebar home yet, so bookmark it. It will eventually have a permanent home that is visually discernible. (When my webmaster gets time for that).
I created the page for easy reference for folks who listen in when I am interviewed. I’ll be on five shows in the next four weeks. I’ll post something a few days before each one, and of course send notice on Twitter.
Natalina, the force behind the Extraordinary Intelligence blog and podcast, asks it this way: “Rise in the Supernatural, Decline in the Church: What’s Going On?” Here’s an anecdotal portion of the post that I’m guessing will resonate with many readers:
At a rehearsal dinner for a wedding I was recently involved in, I had a discussion with a pastor from an Evangelical church. He asked me to share my testimony. I told him about my research into the paranormal and supernatural, and I explained to him how I had a transformational experience that led me to Jesus. He asked me why I do not regularly attend his church, or any church for that matter. I felt compelled to share with him the fact that it is not for lack of desire for fellowship, but because I’ve been increasingly put off by the church’s inability to recognize the supernatural aspects of our faith and the world around us.
He stared at me for a few moments, and I wondered if I’d crossed some kind of line; if in my passion I’d inadvertently insulted his ministry. After an awkward pause, he said to me, “You know. I’ve seen things that you could call paranormal. Things that scared me.”
This sent my mind into a tailspin. I’d attended this church a number of times in the past, and it always came across as the standard, seeker friendly type – High-energy praise and worship team, community activism, occasional discussion of end times prophecy… but really no discussion of the supernatural realm. Certainly no acknowledgement that we wrestle not against flesh and blood. And yet, here the pastor was telling me that in his personal life, he’d experienced the paranormal. Further, it had made him afraid! The fact that he’d not translated that into some kind of warning or message to his congregation was perplexing.
Personally, there are lots of reasons for the hesitancy. Some of them make sense. Others aren’t as coherent. I try to draw attention to the inconsistency in my novels, The Facade and its sequel, The Portent. Those who’ve read the sample chapters from my upcoming book, The Unseen Realm, will find my own take in chapter 2. But read Natalina’s post. It’s quite telling.
For those who haven’t read my sample chapters, here’s the section from Chapter 2:
Modern Christianity suffers from two serious shortcomings when it comes to the supernatural world.
First, many Christians claim to believe in the supernatural but think (and live) like skeptics. We find talk of the supernatural world uncomfortable. This is typical of denominations and evangelical congregations outside the charismatic movement—in other words, those from a background like my own.
There are two basic reasons why non-charismatics tend to close the door on the supernatural world. One is their suspicion that charismatic practices are detached from sound exegesis of Scripture. As a biblical scholar, it’s easy for me to agree with that suspicion—but over time it has widely degenerated into a closed-minded overreaction that is itself detached from the worldview of the biblical writers.
The other reason is less self-congratulatory. The believing church is bending under the weight of its own rationalism, a modern worldview that would be foreign to the biblical writers. Traditional Christian teaching has for centuries kept the unseen world at arm’s length. We believe in the Godhead because there’s no point to Christianity without it. The rest of the unseen world is handled with a whisper or a chuckle.
The second serious shortcoming is evident within the charismatic movement: the elevation of experience over Scripture. While that movement is predisposed to embrace the idea of an animate spiritual world, its conception of that world is framed largely by experience and an idiosyncratic reading of the book of Acts.
Those two shortcomings, while seemingly quite different, are actually born of the same fundamental, underlying problem: Their view of the unseen world isn’t framed by the ancient worldview of the biblical writers. One segment wrongly consigns the invisible realm to the periphery of theological discussion. The other is so busy seeking some interaction with it that it has become unconcerned with its biblical moorings, resulting in a caricature.
I’m concerned about both shortcomings, but since this book derives from my own story, the problem of the Christian skeptic hits closer to home and is my greater concern. If your background, like mine, is in the evangelical, non-charismatic branch of Protestantism, perhaps you consider yourself an exception to the patterns I’ve identified, or think that I’ve overstated the situation. But what would you think if a Christian friend confided to you that he believed he had been helped by a guardian angel, or that he had audibly heard a disembodied voice warning him of some danger? What if your friend was convinced that God had directed her life through a dream that included an image of Jesus?
Most of us non-charismatics would have to admit that our initial impulse would be to doubt. But we actually have a less transparent reflex. We would nod our head and listen politely to our friend’s fervent story, but the whole time we would be seeking other possible explanations. That’s because our modern inclination is to insist on evidence. Since we live in a scientific age, we are prone to think these kinds of experiences are actually emotional misinterpretations of the events—or, worse, something treatable with the right medication. And in any individual case, that might be so—but the truth is that our modern evangelical subculture has trained us to think that our theology precludes any experience of the unseen world. Consequently, it isn’t an important part of our theology.
My contention is that, if our theology really derives from the biblical text, we must reconsider our selective supernaturalism and recover a biblical theology of the unseen world. This is not to suggest that the best interpretation of a passage is always the most supernatural one. But the biblical writers and those to whom they wrote were predisposed to supernaturalism. To ignore that world or marginalize it will produce Bible interpretation that reflects our mindset more than that of the biblical writers.
For all those interested in the Majestic Documents, MJ-12, and the related Roswell UFO case, I recommend that you read the ongoing series / debate occurring over at the UFO Chronicles website. Here are the list of posts (as of today) in chronological order of their posting.
June 30, 2014 -
Sept. 23, 2014 – MJ-12: Alejandro Rojas Accepts Stanton Friedman’s Debate Challenge
Sept. 30, 2014 – MJ-12: Kevin Randle Rails Against Stanton Friedman’s Rebuttal
Oct. 8, 2014 – MJ-12 Debate Continues: Stanton Friedman Counters
Oct. 9, 2014 – MJ-12 Debate Continues: Kevin Randle’s Final Word on The Matter?
All who have read The Portent, the sequel to my novel, The Facade, know that one of the research threads in the sequel is the inherently racist nature of ancient astronaut theory — that is, it articulates the idea that the white European race (and even more narrowly for the Nazis, the Germanic strain) is descended from extraterrestrial gods. The other races are inferior.
Readers of The Portent will immediately recognize that same thought trajectory in the first season of the television series, In Search of Aliens (starring Giorgio Tsoukalos of Ancient Aliens infamy). My fellow ancient astronauts debunker, Jason Colavito, authored the summary at the link above. It shows quite clearly the racist bent of the whole idea and its “proofs.”
Tsoukalos and H2 (History Channel) should be ashamed of themselves and soundly condemned for this contemptible racist tripe. Having this sort of material in these shows sullies the reputations of people who appear in them who aren’t racist in their thinking. The History Channel producers may be too dim-witted to be able to connect these dots, but millions of racial supremacists and their followers have done so since the 19th century.
Jason ends his piece fittingly by noting that Tsoukalos “truly is the apostolic heir of his mentor, Erich ‘Was the Black race a failure?’ von Däniken.”
I came across this intriguing item today on the Top Secret Writers blog: “Why the U. S. Army Hunted for UFOs after W. W. II.” The post opens this way:
In the U.S. Army’s cache of declassified documents released via FOIA in 1994, you will find a 339 page collection of documents available on the U.S. Army website.
The bulk of those documents consisted of the U.S. Army’s investigation into the origins of “flying saucer” research in Germany, originating with the research of the “Horten Brothers” – Walter and Reimar Horton who developed advanced “flying wings” for Germany during the 1940s. The interesting fact about those investigations was that the timeline has a direct link to that of the Roswell crash in July of 1947.
To readers of The Facade, the Horten brothers aren’t news. What is newsworthy is the FOIA document cache on the U. S. Army website. The link works. I recommend downloading the document scans.