In the middle of the twentieth century, there were a variety of UFO preachers who tried to marry Christianity and flying saucers with various degrees of success. Many argued that God drove a flying saucer, or that the various miracles of the Bible could be understood as the interventions of space aliens. Others reversed the influence and claimed that space aliens were really demons, or even angels, zipping across the sky in their silvery chariots. Today I’d like to introduce you to Cian Foley, an Irish computer programmer who devotes his off hours to his twin interests in technology and spirituality. It is therefore little surprise that Foley has come to view spirituality as a technological puzzle solvable through appeal to space aliens or otherworldly beings masquerading as space aliens. He has a website called The Jesus Alien in which he advocates a somewhat incoherent mishmash of Christian, New Age, and ancient astronaut beliefs that are a bit unusual.
Foley believes that space aliens used “technology” to conceive and resurrect Jesus, but that they did so because they created a genetically modified organism capable of housing an incorporeal Spirit of God, which despite being a “universal intelligence” is incapable of action without assisted reproduction technology. He also believes that spirituality takes physical form through the pineal gland where it enters the physical world through N,N-Dimethyltryptamine. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because the chemical is the active ingredient in ayahuasca, the hallucinogenic substance that Graham Hancock uses to communicate with gods and monsters from the spirit world. Foley, however, isn’t willing to go as fully as Hancock down the path of attributing all encounters with angels and demons to altered states of consciousness, and he leaves room for space aliens and other beings, for he is unsure whether the physical or the spirit realm takes precedence at the edges of the outré.
From my own research I have determined that it is near-axiomatic that any fringe theory must connect back to the Sons of God from Genesis 6:1-4, the mysterious fellows better known as the Watchers from the Book of Enoch who stand behind the modern expression of almost every major pseudohistorical claim. They are the warrant for a belief in giants, the prototype of the ancient astronaut, god-kings tied in to the Atlantis theme, and so much more. Sometimes the connections are explicit, and sometimes implicit. Foley falls into the explicit category, citing the Fallen Angels as the foundation for his spiritual views.
I believe, based on Earth’s history and our recent arrival, that it is far more plausible that our species’ major leap forward was triggered by an extra-terrestrial intervention (be those beings physical or what we term spiritual i.e. having no physical body). Genesis states that our species was seeded by God saying ‘we will make man in our image.’ Later in Genesis and in more detail in The book (sic) of Enoch it speaks of how the fallen angels mated with human females which corrupted the genetic line of the human creature that God created and how this angered God. From a logical standpoint, this becomes far more palatable if we consider these fallen angels to be beings from another planet, which may have went (sic) through its own evolutionary path.
In case you care, Foley thinks that the Watcher Azazel might be buried in Australia because the Black Mountain in Queensland is obviously the only place on earth that has “rough and jagged rocks,” like those described 1 Enoch 10:4 as the prison of Azazel. This location, given in Enoch as Dudael, is frequently identified by mainstream scholars with Beth Hadure, the rocky wilderness near Jerusalem, though some scholars like Kelley Coblentz Bautch have suggested that the deserts of Iraq were meant.
But: It always has to be the Watchers! Foley’s unique addition is to tie the Watchers myth into modern concerns about ecology. He worries that humanity’s destructive relationship with the earth occurred because the Watchers’ alien genes disrupted the ecosystem. Foley, in fact, argues that the very fact that humans are destroying the earth’s environment proves that we are alien hybrids, for nature would never create a species that would destroy its environment. This overturns everything we know about evolution—where adaptations occur for the present and lead to change or extinction when they are no longer adequate for the environment—but it represents an unusual wrinkle in the ancient astronaut theory.
4/15/2015 08:47:48 am
Watchers are the Kevin Bacon of alternative science.
4/15/2015 10:07:19 am
"If that name sounds familiar, it’s because the chemical is the active ingredient in ayahuasca, the hallucinogenic substance that Graham Hancock uses to communicate with gods and monsters from the spirit world."
4/15/2015 03:02:10 pm
I'm not sure the ecology twist actually is unique to Foley. Wasn't that one of the major themes of the Noah movie? I never watched it, but seem to remember some complaints in that regard, and know the Nephilim and Watchers played a part in the movie itself.
4/15/2015 04:31:53 pm
"for nature would never create a species that would destroy its environment."
4/15/2015 08:54:55 pm
The fringes have found themselves a hallucinogen which is not regulated to indulge in further nephilimism and revelations, such as 'Jesus Alien.' I hope that Foley is not indulging on the job, I wouldn't want my credit card handling software written under influences on the pineal gland.
4/16/2015 01:53:12 am
Not necessarily dinosaur fossils- plenty of other more recently extinct megafauna available. In fact, at the time the Epic of Gilgamesh was being written down, there were still living woolly mammoths:
4/16/2015 05:04:31 am
There were still elephants, as well as lions, in Iraq at the times. It was not a desert. So mammoth bones would not have been as exotic as dinosaur bones, and could be identified as giant elephants.
4/16/2015 08:50:17 am
Herodotus has quite a lot on flying snakes- notably, the small ones which try to invade Egypt also guard the trees which produce frankincense, and have to be smoked out when it is harvested (p248 of the Penguin edition).
4/17/2015 08:49:42 pm
PS: It turns out that the Penguin translation of the key sentence is really bad. The Greek (with w for omega and eh for eta) is:
4/18/2015 06:00:08 am
On page 248, Herodotus mentions that he heard that frankincense was obtained from trees in Arabia (true) and that the trees had to be smoked out first because of the 'flying snakes' inhabiting them. They might have had to smoke out beetles, bats or hornets, and wanted to protect their lucrative trade. The oil is also obtained by steam distillation of the dry resin, so fire is involved there too. There are no 'flying' snakes in Yemen; they are native to eastern Asia. Frankincense was also used by the Egyptians as black eyeliner and is a mosquito repellent. It was in very high demand then, for religious purposes as well, but was forbidden by the early Roman Christians, (perhaps because of its association with 'flying snakes' and the devil? Rev-012:009, or of its association with the Jerusalem Temple of the rebellious Jews?), and was only reintroduced into the Church after the crusades ('Frank-incense'.)
4/19/2015 01:42:34 am
Rawlinson's translation is positively sneaky. Herodotus was well aware of the right word for ribs, "pleura", so translating "ostea" as either "ribs" or "backbones" is over-interpreting, and if Rawlinson is translating "akanthas" as ribs (which he should not have done; anatomically it means "backbone" and not any other bones), he should not then have translated forms of the same word as "skeletons" and "bones".
4/16/2015 10:43:21 am
Also the passage seems to be roughly like the alien high commander's dialogue in Plan 9 From Outer Space, where he talk of 'stupid humans using the world and destroying it using the atom bomb', or resurrecting the recent dead using probes into 'the pineal glands and pituitary glands of the recent dead'. And weren't the Watchers featured in an old Twilight Zone episode too? I know they had an Adam and Eve one too, where this time traveling ship crashes and the man and woman are implied to repopulate the garden.
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