So what does CNN International use as its headline? “Aliens or Atlantis? Who Made Costa Rica’s Stone Spheres?” The sensationalistic headline presents a false dichotomy and implies that aliens and Atlantis are the only two options, something belied by the very video the headline is designed to promote. I guess we know what CNN thinks of its online audience!
I also wanted to share a link that Aaron Adair sent to me about another perspective on the myth of the Sons of God from Genesis 6:1-4, the beings later known as the Watchers from the Book of Enoch. The link is to an article by David J. A. Clines, from the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament in 1979. Although it’s an old piece, its author recently uploaded it to Academia.edu so it can be read freely. It posits an interesting hypothesis that the Sons of God were understood to be analogous to the nearly immortal, mostly-divine kings of Mesopotamia, such as Gilgamesh (two-thirds god) and Dumuzi (a human promoted to divine status), who reigned before the Flood, much the way various kings were sometimes styled sons of some god or another. In this reading, the Sons of God take wives by force from the general human population by royal prerogative, and it is their acts of promiscuity and rapine that causes God to bring about the Flood, for violating God’s monogamous view of sexuality and marriage. Therefore, he writes,
…the ‘sons of God’ were both regarded as rulers of ancient times, and traditionally ascribed divine or semi-divine origins. On this interpretation, the ‘sons of God’ pericope is no alien intrusion into the story of primaeval humanity, since it concerns—from ﬁrst to last—humans; but neither is it simply an episode in the catalogue of human sinfulness, since it also concerns the relationship between the divine and the human world that is displayed in the actions of these ‘sons of God’.
To end on a happy note, I have now completed correcting the page proofs for Foundations of Atlantis, Ancient Astronauts, and Other Alternative Pasts, as well as compiling the index for the same. The publisher has both the corrections and the index and is currently working on finalizing the text for publication. We should expect to see the book for sale sometime in the next few months, probably around April. I will of course let you know as soon as it’s available.