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…

Truman Bethurum and the Origin of the Demonic Theory of UFO – Part 2

Writing in the May 1955 issue of Flying Saucer Review, Desmond Judge summed up the issue of “Occultism and Flying Saucers.” In the article of the same name, he wrote the following; “Since 1947, when reported observations of Flying Saucers began to come in from all parts of the world in ever-increasing numbers, there has…

Truman Bethurum and the Origin of the Demonic Theory of UFO – Part 1

I’ve been researching the roots of Christian Ufology lately. I’ve already written on initial Christian reactions to the advent of the flying saucer phenomenon and how the idea that UFOs were Biblically foretold harbingers of God’s judgment was further developed by charismatic and Pentecostal preachers affiliated with the Voice of Healing magazine. Ironically, it was (again)…

The First Abductee: A Humorist’s Fiction?

In researching the origins of the UFO phenomenon, especially the advent of the Flying Saucer Craze, one is continually surprised by what one discovers.  While looking up material on the origins of Rev. Orval Lee Jaggers’ belief that flying saucers were kidnapping human beings, I ran across a humorist column that gave a tongue-in-cheek contactee tale…

Space Brothers: Are Intelligent ETs Made In God’s Image Too?

Once upon the 50s and 60s, the Contactee movement referred to aliens as “Space Brothers.” The name was rooted in the idea that extraterrestrials were here to help us out. At the very least, they were here to warn us that we were in danger of annihilating ourselves via nuclear war, ecological disaster or some…

Are Aliens Demons? 

​The short answer to the question is No and Sometimes. While there were some in the Contactee movement of the 1950s and 60s who described aliens as technological angels, and even some today who ascribe to an Ancient Astronaut theory that all historical mentions of angels, gods and demigods were in actuality pre-scientific encounters with…