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Angels and Aliens

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Explores the UFO against the backdrop of angelic vision, near-death experiences, shamanic journeys, religious miracles, and folkloric encounters with fairies.

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Keith Thompson takes a subject usually confined to sensationalistic expose and reveals its surprising literary richness, intellectual energy, and symbolic depths. By offering a new, open-ended perspective which avoids the dogmatism of true believers and debunkers alike, Angels and Aliens invites readers to enter a fascinating world with profound implications for our understanding of the human spirit.

"...exciting history of ufology, from the first modern sightings in 1947 through Whitley Strieber's bestselling confessions of the late 1980's. With stronger focus, this might have been the definitive story; instead, it is the first to trace all major strands in UFO research with intelligent, if sometimes wispy, analysis."      ~Kirkus Reviews

"A breakthrough... [A] lucid, intuitive, erudite understanding of the UFO as it presents itself in that realm between mind and matter. Thompson is a beautifully skilled writer, using words precisely and expressively."      ~Gnosis Magazine

"Magnificent... Angels and Aliens, no matter what your beliefs, is the most fascinating book written on the subject."      ~San Francisco Chronicle

"The term angel derives from a Greek translation of the original Hebrew mal'akh, later malaika, which originally meant the 'shadow side of God,' but later came to mean messenger or herald. Both terms, interestingly enough, refer to a function or status rather than an essence. Yet questions of angelic substance have been debated for centuries.

The ancient Greeks thought of angels as resembling humans but also possessing the nature of a 'geometric point-soul,' or 'pure thought.' The Biblical view held that angels were 'from above' yet were essentially humanlike and not, as a rule, invisible. According to Saint Thomas Aquinas, angels were 'pure soul,' beings lacking the bodies of humans. Lacantius, a Christian apologist writing in the third and fourth centuries A.D., argued for a principle of relativity: compared to humans, angels are immaterial, but in relation to God, angels appeared embodied. Thus they might be said to possess subtle bodies."

Author Thompson, Keith
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 284 pp.
Publisher Ballantine Books 1991
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