Alternative historian and theologian Joseph P. Farrell believes that the Giza pyramids were ancient weapons, and in his new book Genes, Giants, Monsters, and Men: The Surviving Elites of the Cosmic War and Their Hidden Agenda he collects a hodgepodge of well-worn and frequently debunked alternative theories on everything from paleontology to Sumeria. In a section on "archaeological coverups," Farrell discusses my article "Archaeological Coverup" in order to dismiss my conclusions and support David Hatcher Childress's contention that the Smithsonian is a nexus of conspiracies aimed at suppressing the truth about ancient aliens and a prehistoric effort to genetically engineer human beings.
Farrell's book is filled with outdated information, debunked theories, and slipshod reasoning. For an Oxford trained scholar, his reliance on fact-free alternative works is sad and somewhat depressing. In an earlier life, Farrell was a theologian who produced a number of works on the Great Schism. Apparently, when these failed to receive scholarly recognition, he turned against God and began looking for alien conspiracies hiding behind biblical passages. He currently teaches theology at an unaccredited university.
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