By Susan J. Palmer
"Skillfully weaving jointly enticing narrative and cautious sociological research, Susan Palmer has written a ground-breaking learn that would be the benchmark for all destiny reviews of different religions."—James R. Lewis, common editor of The Oxford instruction manual of recent spiritual routine and writer of Legitimating New Religions "Susan Palmer has a unprecedented skill to probe past stereotypes and comprehend unconventional non secular and social activities. Her most modern ebook admirably combines rigorous scholarship and sincere empathy in depicting some of the most poorly understood events of our time."—Timothy Miller, college of KansasAliens loved is the 1st complete size, in-depth examine the Raelian circulate, a desirable new faith based within the Seventies by way of the charismatic prophet, Ra?l. Born in France as Claude Vorilhon, the previous race-car driving 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 circulate awaits the go back of the alien creators, and meanwhile seeks to strengthen the opportunity of its adherents via unfastened love, sexual experimentation, competition to nuclear proliferation and warfare, and the advance of the technology of cloning. Sociologist Susan J. Palmer has studied the Raelian flow for greater than a decade, gazing conferences and rituals and having fun with remarkable entry to the group’s leaders in addition to to its rank-and-file contributors. during this pioneering examine she offers a radical research of the circulation, targeting problems with sexuality, millenarianism, and the influence of the clinical worldview on faith and the surroundings. Ra?l’s radical sexual ethics, his gnostic anthropocentricism, and shallow ecotheology supply us a replicate wherein we see how our worldview has been formed by means of the forces of globalization, postmodernism, and secular humanism.
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This celibate couple shared a disgust for mammalian existence, a fascination for extraterrestrial beings, and a sense of divine mission. They united into one entity called “The Two,” wore identical windbreakers and beige slacks, ate off the same plate, and ﬁnished each other’s sentences (see Balch 1982a). Although as individuals each ﬁts the proﬁle of “loser” (Herff was a maladjusted homosexual prone to schizophrenic episodes, and Bonnie was an unhappily married nurse), what began as a folie à deux blossomed into a thriving gnostic school.
These women were beamed up to his spacecraft, inseminated, and then released with their memories erased. RAËL THE C H A R I S M AT I C L E A D E R Raël has worked ceaselessly since 1973 to spread the message and claims in all his decisions to be merely following the orders of the Elohim. His typical strategy is to send guides ahead to a new country, where they set up his lectures with book sales and drum up local publicity with posters and radio and TV interviews. When I asked Raël in our December 1994 interview at the Holiday Inn in Montreal how he decided which country to visit next, he said: “I communicate with the Elohim once a year, on or around August 5.
He is the messiah of the Age of Apocalypse. 1 RAËL THE BOY Before analyzing Raël’s projected image and modus operandi, it is useful to look at the boyhood and background of Claude Vorilhon, born on September 30, 1946, in a clinic in Ambert, a small village near Vichy, France. His mother was an unmarried ﬁfteen-year-old farm girl, and he was raised in the home of his maternal grandmother, a fervent atheist. It seems his unknown father was “not so very unknown [but] . . a Jewish refugee” (Raël 1975, 185).