Waiting for the “Big Beam”

Andreas Grünschloß

in The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780195369649
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Waiting for the “Big Beam”

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For the most part, UFO religions were not taken seriously until after the Heavens Gate suicides in early 1997. Since that time, more and more scholarly attention has been given to UFO religions as well as to the religious motifs found in the more general ufological subculture. This article discusses the historical emergence of this strain of spirituality out of modern esotericism, the millenarian aspect of ufological spirituality, the quest for a both a new science and a religious technology in UFO religions, and the religious significance of the “ancient astronaut” hypothesis which informs groups such as the Raelian movement.

Keywords: UFO religions; ufological spirituality; ancient astronaut hypothesis; esotericism

Article.  11633 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Alternative Belief Systems

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