Does Demonic Deception Lurk Behind the UFO Phenomenon?

A few weeks prior to the release of his xenophobic documentary, Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a Deception, Gary Bates was given space to write himself an “ad-itorial” in Charisma Magazine. In “Demonic Deception Lurks Behind This Widespread Phenomenon,” Gary Bates writes: “I grew up as a science-fiction fan, and I can recall the religious impact it…

The Devil Lives in the Moon

On November 3, 1957, the Texas town of Levelland saw a UFO that stalled the motors of five vehicles, caused a man to faint and generally alarmed everyone. The phantom object was described as “200 feet long, shaped like an egg and was lit up like it was on fire – but looked more like…

Comic Book Predicts Flying Saucers over Washington DC in 1950?

Most saucerians are familiar with the 1952 Washington DC Merry-Go-Round, a two weekend event in which flying saucers were sighted over the US capital, chiefly on July 19–20 and July 26–27. Historians consider it the climax of the 1952 flap. Perhaps the strangest part if this tale is that a 1950s comic apparently predicted these…

Half the World Believes Alien Life Exists

According to a study conducted by Glocalities.com of 26,492 people from 24 countries, roughly half of the planet believes in the possibility of extratetrestrial life. The study found that: 61% of people believe that there is some form of life on other planets. 17% rule this out and only 22% say that they don’t know. 47%…

Exotheology.org Reviews Gary Bates’ Alien Intrusion Movie

For those of you who are familiar with my writing here on Exotheology.org and in my book Stranger and Aliens, you are probably aware that I knew I probably wouldn’t like the Alien Intrusion film going into it. It was already evident from the trailers and, frankly, the Alien Intrusion book itself that this movie…

Would We Believe in the Possibility of Alien Life Without the Theory of Evolution?

A May 31, 2006 article by Gary Bates and David Catchpoole on Creation.com caught my attention a while back. It was called “ET Needed Evolution.” Notably, it’s now cited as a linked resource for Session 2 in the Discussion Guide for the Alien Intrusion movie. I hadn’t yet written Strangers & Aliens but I had read Gary Bates’ Alien Intrusion: UFOs…

Are Millions of Americans Being Abducted by Aliens?

In the trailer for the film version of the Amazon bestseller, Alien Intrusion, author Gary Bates notes that the 2002 “Roper Poll concluded that up to 4 million Americans have been abducted by aliens.” On the Alien Intrusion Film’s website, we find the same claim: “[O]ne poll concluded that up to 20 million Americans had seen a UFO…

The Devil’s UFO Sleeper Agents

Clifford Wilson made his name in Ufology with Crash Go the Chariots (1972), a book specifically written to answer Erich von Daniken’s Chariots of the Gods? (1968) and his Ancient Alien Astronaut theory. In 1974, Wilson wrote a new book based on his further investigation of the UFO phenomenon, UFOs and their mission impossible. Wilson’s solution was…

The Mothman

Every year on the third weekend of September, the town of Point Pleasant, WV, hosts the Mothman Festival to commemorate the appearance of a mysterious creature or entity known as the Mothman, reportedly seen in the Point Pleasant area from November 12, 1966, to December 15, 1967. Now, a lot of misinformation has spread about…

The Flatwoods Monster: The First Close Encounter of the Third Kind?

It’s the 65th anniversary of the Flatwoods Monster incident, so today I offer my take on one of West Virginia’s most famous monsters. The story of the Flatwoods Monster bears telling because it is unique amongst UFO encounters. Depending upon who you ask, the monster is either an as-yet-unidentified cryptid (Is there any other kind?),…

Truman Bethurum and the Origin of the Demonic Theory of UFO – Part 3

The earliest full-fledged expression of the Demonic Hypothesis of UFO comes from a 37-page book written by Rev. Walter Vincent Grant, Sr. (1913-1983) called Men in the flying saucers identified: not a mystery! The book was published in late 1954 [the earliest advertisement I could find for the book was in the October 1954 edition…