This is a thought provoking book. I have been mulling over this book for sometime now and still do not know what I should think. This book has created a paradigm shift in my thinking. I will have to read it again to evaluate the concepts espoused in this book further.
Have you ever wondered about â€œalien abductions?â€? Do they really occur? On a more basic level, do aliens exist? By aliens, I am referring to extraterrestrial beings with actual intelligence as opposed to microbes on other planets. Are there aliens like those popularized in Star Wars or Star Trek? Do aliens exist like those in the shows Independence Day, Signs, or Men in Black? This question of the existence of aliens reveals much about what you believe. As Gary Bates convincingly proves in this book, the idea of extra-terrestrials requires evolution as its base. No, this book is not just about evolution and/or creation. It is much more than that; it is a study on the Science Fiction (Sci-Fi) movement (or possibly obsession) in the world around us.
I have said that this book has caused a paradigm shift in my thinking. I will explain this shift. I enjoy the concept of the aliens found in Star Wars. It would be fantastic to have those aliens exist in our society. I have understood for many years that aliens require evolution and as a creationist, I have always thought wistfully about aliens. I knew that they did not exist, but thought that it would be neat if they did. To have an author detail this to me would be boring; I knew it already. What Gary Bates did was much more profound. Bates explored the Sci-Fi movement and details the philosophies, concepts and many other details that exist within these writings and movies. The shocking part was this: I was rudely reminded of how naÃ¯ve I have been regarding what I read. I understood some of the problems, but I had no idea of the depth of the problems within this movement. Now, I feel as if blinders have been removed from my eyes and I am beginning to see these stories in a completely new light.
Bates begins the book with an introduction to his subject. This intriguing chapter covers the gamut of the topics that he plans to cover. He then delves into the problems of the science contained within sci-fi stories. He moves into the issues of life on other worlds followed with the question, â€œDid aliens create life on Earth?â€? He follows this with discussions of conspiracies and money. Following his details about abductions, he begins to work with the teachings that these abductors are propagating through their victims. He finishes with some thought provoking questions and possibilities about the nature of the alien abductions.
One of the benefits of this book is the exposition of the philosophies that underlie sci-fi beliefs and writings. For example, many books and stories (including episodes of Star Trek) describe utopian (i.e. optimal) societies as being characterized without crime and without moral restraint. In other areas, universalism and polytheism reign supreme. Another major theme is tolerance for the foolish religions of others. Those who are above religion are well adjusted while those who follow religions are respected but inferior. These superiority and inferiority views are seldom explicit, but usually very evident to a careful observer. Tolerance reigns and the priests of tolerance are those without religion that benevolently accept others who have strong religious views.
Another benefit of this book has to do with alien abductions and possessions. There seems to be a bit of an obsession with this especially in TV shows. The other side of the abduction scenario is scarier. Many of the abductions in real life as well as in stories involve a spirit being taking control of or possessing a physical body and this experience of being possessed is a not uncommon for those who write sci-fi materials. They experience alien possession and they are vocal about it.
Let me move to the crux of the matter. The responses of those who have been â€œabductedâ€? clues us into the reality of these abductions. Victims respond very similarly to rape victims. Men and women who study abductions write that those who are abducted move through a series of responses that parallel the responses of victims of repeated rape. At first, they despise the attacker and then they become to accept and love the attacker. This is frightening, but especially since many of those who detail this phenomenon do not believe in the Bible, demons or the supernatural. These are â€œunbiasedâ€? men and women who are studying this movement. Further, some of these researchers believe in aliens, but are trying to warn the general populace of the danger that some aliens pose.
Who or what are these abductors? Whether you agree with the conclusions of this book or not, you should read this book. Even if you arenâ€™t excessively interested in reading all of this material, you need to at least skim through and read the highlights. The information in this easy to read volume is accessible and timely. Please consider this as an education on the state of our society. At least make an effort to be more aware of the world you in which you live. This book will help in a small way.