By Susan J. Palmer

Aliens cherished is the 1st complete size, in-depth examine the Raëlian move, a desirable new faith based within the Seventies by way of the charismatic prophet, Raël. Born in France as Claude Vorilhon, the previous race-car motive force based the faith after he skilled a visitation from the extraterrestrial beings (the "elohim") who, in his cosmology, created people by way of cloning themselves. The millenarian stream awaits the go back of the alien creators, and meanwhile seeks to increase the potential for its adherents via unfastened love, sexual experimentation, competition to nuclear proliferation and struggle, and the improvement of the technology of cloning.

Sociologist Susan J. Palmer has studied the Raelian circulate for greater than a decade, watching conferences and rituals and having fun with unheard of entry to the group's leaders in addition to to its rank-and-file contributors. during this pioneering learn she presents a radical research of the flow, concentrating on problems with sexuality, millenarianism, and the impression of the clinical worldview on faith and the surroundings. Rael's radical sexual ethics, his gnostic anthropocentrism, and shallow ecotheology supply us a reflect via which we see how our worldview has been formed via the forces of globalization, postmodernism, and secular humanism.

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