EVD next claims that he is a regular worshipper of God, but a God with “certain qualities” of omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence—therefore, not the God of Scripture who descends on Sinai in smoke and flame. EVD reads that smoke and flame as a rocket, even though rockets take off with smoke and flame; they don’t land with them. EVD says that he finds it “insulting” that anyone should think that the true God would need a chariot—flaming or otherwise—for transportation. In wrapping himself in the mantle of sanctity, EVD can then assert that the wheeled vehicle seen by Ezekiel (a fairly accurate description of Babylonian religious iconography) was actually an alien spaceship. But this is all old news from his earliest books (themselves copied largely from his predecessors in the field).
EVD then lets us know that he has written 25 ancient astronaut books, six novels, and selections in seven anthologies, totaling more than 8,000 pages. “Eight thousand, three hundred forty-two pages! Would you believe it? Doesn’t the guy ever run out of things to say? Surely, he must repeat himself quite a lot!” Well, yes, he does. A whole section, for example, of Return of the Gods repeats identical material from Eyes of the Sphinx (with acknowledgement), and the same anecdotes appear in books from Chariots all the way down to Twilight. But, though he concedes some repetition he insists there is just so much material from “prehistory, archeology, philology (especially linguistics), ethnology, evolution, genetics, philosophy, astronomy, astrophysics, exobiology, space travel, and, of course, one mustn’t forget theology” that there is always something new to say. And yet he has misunderstood them all.
Now we come to the most important part of the preface. EVD makes a specific claim and his clearest statement ever about the reality of the “aliens” that, in 1976 at least, he didn’t seem to really believe in.
And in December 2012, the gods will return from their long journey and appear again here on Earth. At least that is what the Mayan calendar, and Mayan written and oral lore, would have us believe. This time, I’ve gone into greater depth than ever before. The so-called gods—in other words, the extraterrestrials—will come again. We’re in store for a “god shock” of major proportions.
Like any canny prophet or con artist, EVD left himself an out. Even though he seems to predict the return of the aliens in December 2012 (like ancient astronaut theorist Alan Landsburg did for the Christmastide of 2011), a careful reading shows that while he does promise the return of the gods, he attributes the date only to the Maya, giving himself an out for when the aliens fail to show up. It’s the Maya’s fault!
Nevertheless, EVD went on record stating, without the usual qualification, that he believes that aliens will return. The use of the pronoun “we” implies that he is stating they will come in our lifetimes, though again this is ambiguous since he is the kind of person who is prone to vast pronouncements about all humanity.