Eric von Däniken published “Chariots of the Gods” in 1968. You may remember seeing  tv commercials advertising his book back then. The book has been translated into at least 32 languages and together has sold more than 63 million copies.

Von Däniken was born in Zofingen, Aargau, Switzerland in 1934. Brought up a strict Catholic, he attended the international Catholic school Saint-Michel in Fribourg, Switzerland. During his time at the school he rejected the church’s interpretations of the Bible, and developed an interest in astronomy and the phenomenon of flying saucers.  He subsequently dropped out of school and lived a rather corrupt life prior to publication of the book.  He was accused and convicted of embezzlement, fraud and forgery to fund and his research and book.  He is by far considered a leading authority on the subject with an extensive research library.

“Chariots of the Gods” created an avalanche of books on the subject authored by other Ancient Alien theorists.  More recently the series “Ancient Aliens” on the History Channel is in it’s 5th season.  I for one neither agree nor disagree with it’s content, but find it very interesting view.  It raises many unanswered questions. Where did ancient man gain knowledge of the stars and mathematics?  How did ancient civilizations accomplish such major construction feats.  Most recently in the news, how were the Mayan’s able to create such complex accurate 5000 year multi- cyclic calendar based on the planets and stars.

And what about the many unexplained documented historical accounts, some which are documented in the bible.

Science looks for logical solutions and explanations.  When logic and science fails Ancient Alien theorists present their “spin” on the unexplained.

In a book titled “The Spaceships of Ezekiel” by Josef F. Blumrich, a NASA engineer, a close examination is taken line-by-line and concludes that Ezekiel did, indeed, witness the landing of an oval ship emitting flame and smoke that dropped down out of the sky.

 This has always been a fascinating account to Ancient Alien theorist and it doesn’t just happen once in the Bible.  In many other accounts mysterious objects have been recorded.  The spinning chariots of fire that took the prophet Elijah off into heaven (2 Kings 2:11) is another account, and also, Isaiah includes an account of the Lord coming with chariots that spin and glow with flames of fire (Isaiah 66:5).  Jeremiah speaks of chariots of God that spin and fly swiftly (Jeremiah 4:13), and Zechariah sees fourflying vehicles coming from between two bronze colored mountains (Zechariah 6:1).  The story of Job tells how the Lord speaks to Job from a spinning, flying object (Job 38:1).

Can you imagine presenting Ancient Alien theories and conclusions in religion class back in our Padua days ?  How would the Friars responded ? Let’s take it one step further and put some spin on New Testement events.


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