The UFO Iconoclast(s)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Parallels between Jesus Christ and Roswell

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Just as there were niggardly references to Jesus of Nazareth, after his death, there were niggardly references to Roswell after that 1947 incident (as noted in my post showing the 1967 LOOK issue, Flying Saucers and in a comment from Christopher Allen).

No substantive account about Jesus appeared or is extant earlier than the Gospel of Mark, about thirty years after Jesus’ death, allegedly “helped” by The Holy Spirit

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No substantive account of the Roswell episode appeared earlier than the 1980 book, The Roswell Incident by Charles Berlitz and William L. Moore, covertly helped by Stanton Friedman.

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Subsequent books or “gospels” about Jesus, centering on his meaning and mission, culminating in his death and resurrection, appeared later, 60 A.D. to 300 A.D., (with the sojourns of St. Paul, peripheral to Jesus life, showing up around 50 A.D).

These gospels derive from witness accounts, not first-hand information from Jesus or those in his circle.

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Many books subsequent to the Berlitz/Moore work have appeared, all offering synopses of the Roswell event, culled from newspapers archives and alleged witness accounts, but no first-hand accounts of a flying disk crash.

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Christianity eventually became, with the help of Roman Emperor Constantine, the prevailing religion in the West.

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Roswell became, with the help of Stanton Friedman, the template for ufology’s extraterrestrial believers.

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While the divinity of Jesus and his alleged miracles and resurrection have been grist for theologians, religious lay persons, and atheists (or agnostics), the supposed crash landing of a flying disk, piloted by extraterrestrial entities, in Roswell, has similarly become fodder for UFO’s ET believers and skeptics (or debunkers, as the UFO fanatics put it).

Jesus of Nazareth has generated more controversy and writings than any other religious oriented subject.

Roswell, in the UFO context, has generated more controversy and writings than any other flying saucer event.

Persons claiming to be Christians have provided a myriad of experiences related to the Jesus phenomenon.

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Persons claiming to be Roswell witnesses or friends of same have provided myriad accounts tying them to the Roswell incident.

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Both kinds of witnesses engage intellectual or superficial scrutiny by others, with fervant debate deciding nothing that can be substantiated by fact or empirical proof: Jesus remains an enigma for many, believers and non-believers alike; Roswell, remains an enigma, generally, for believers and skeptics too.

The Jesus story has an alleged artifact from his death/resurrection: The Shroud of Turin.

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Roswell has artifacts from the alleged crash: misperceived debris.

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Both Jesus and Roswell have produced a mythos, a mythology of significant proportions.

Neither is related to the other, but they do resonate as historical “fables” or historical realities.

The Jesus story appears to be transcendent but Roswell appears to be preternatural also.

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Sociologists can work with the elements of both to determine the human interactions that provide the integration suggested here.

Jesus’ influence is much greater than Roswell, surely, but Roswell does mimic the vicissitudes that brought the Jesus movement to prominence, even if Roswell is a sociological canard.

But wait, the Jesus thrust has been just as fraught with fraud, falsity, or fallacious human interactions – the difference being that Roswell takes us nowhere theologically or philosophically relevant.

RR

9 Comments:

  • Anthony Bragalia saw a "religious" aspect to Roswell also, way back in 2008:

    http://ufor.blogspot.com/2008/09/roswell-pilgrimage-by-anthony-bragalia.html

    RRRGroupies think alike apparently.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, October 16, 2011  

  • But, Roswell has not, to date, led to war, persecution, and genocide.

    By Blogger purrlgurrl, at Monday, October 17, 2011  

  • Not so far, anyway....PG.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, October 17, 2011  

  • Hi
    I just returned from two weeks away from the internet to find this post which parallels a post I did entitled "Jesus of Roswell". I think the analogy is sufficient to suggest that the philosophical encampments in the Jesus Movement at it's inception were very similarly arranged between the Gnostics and the Universalism, which appears to be a mirror image of the two schools of thought between a material nature and a consciousness nature regarding the origin or source of this phenomenon. What always strikes me is the incommensurable challenge that divides these camps is the nature of what they are seeking clearly encompasses both, while eluding each. The beat goes on as theological edicts seem to be more socially oriented than the enigma. Great post.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Tuesday, October 18, 2011  

  • Thanks, Bruce.

    And you saw that Anthony Bragalia touched on the topic too.

    We think alike, us philosophical reprobates.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, October 18, 2011  

  • RR -

    I just know you wouldn't use my picture of Frank Kaufmann without seeking permission to do so. I mean, you wouldn't condone copyright infingement would you?

    Just kidding... sort of.

    Kevin

    By Blogger KRandle, at Wednesday, October 19, 2011  

  • Kevin:

    I've pulled the "offending" clip.

    I wouldn't want to trample on your copyright or anyone elses.

    Thanks for the warning.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, October 19, 2011  

  • RR -

    Sorry I wasn't clear... you didn't have to pull it. But to protect my copyright I need to make sure that it was mentioned, even in this sort of a forum.

    You have my permission to use the picture... and now all the legalities have been taken care of.

    Kevin

    By Blogger KRandle, at Wednesday, October 19, 2011  

  • Thanks, Kevin.

    I had to pull it from a gazillion blogs, so putting it back in might be a chore.

    I appreciate your offer.

    I'm always on Tony Bragalia to make sure his images are copyright free and then I screw up.

    Again, thanks...

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, October 19, 2011  

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