Alien Agenda: The Return of the Nephilim
by A.S. Judkins & Michael E. McDaniel
This is my review of “Alien Agenda: The Return of the Nephilim” that covers a Christian view on the UFO controversy. I discovered the book listening to a podcast called “Topic UFO” from May 11, 2012.
Judkins and McDaniel do a great job of recounting the history of UFO’s in recent and ancient history. They take the more solid information available and quickly overview the history of sightings/abductions in a brief yet thorough way. I now understand the Roswell incident much better. Also, I learned of the limitations of the source material. It is explained that there are less than 30 key pieces of literature for modern Ufology, so one could learn the source material in short order. Much everything else outside of the source material is fluff and recountings. As to historical sightings by many different ancient cultures throughout history, a good selection of those were also sampled in the book. There was enough information given for a reasonable person to conclude, "There is something going on here . . ."
I especially liked the list of what the different types of UFO encounters are. List like that are sprinkled throughout the book which categorizes information in easy to understand and quickly referenced ways. Those pages will be helpful in the future if I ever attempt to teach on the subject.
There were lots of interesting studies like astrology, giantism, and ancient Egypt that would help a novice to quickly get up to speed with all things ancient and alien! Those subjects were interesting, but it will take me some time to evaluate just how helpful these were to support the books main theme: Aliens are Demons. I want more tangible evidence then what was provided on these particular subjects. They brought up more questions than answers.
An example would be in the naming of the stars and what they meant. My question is always with evidence like this, "Are you giving me the etymological definition, or how it was used during a certain period of time?" I have seen many usages for what a word is suppose to mean, based upon related roots or usage that always seems to enable one to find a convenient interpretation. Many poor conclusions have been made making the Bible something it was not. I am not accusing the authors of this, but I have to be cautious and not let them off the hook because they are Christians or have PHD's.
Weaknesses revolve around some presuppositions. When one is writing about strange topics like aliens, giants, pyramids, demons and the like, it is very important to have the smallest jumps in logic as possible. Because it is in those gaps where opinion and falsehood can occur. On page 13 of my edition it was stated that the Dispensational Premillennial view of the return of Christ was settled in the beginning of the 20th century. I find that statement outlandish and easily refuted. Dispensational Premillennialism doesn’t hold up unless lumped together in a big confusing mess. When broken down into its parts, it becomes clear that it is nothing more than presuppositions taken out of context.
Now please understand, I think both men are Christians and I would love to meet them and pick their brains, but to assert something like their end time view is settled, almost made me put down the book. I would suggest to them that their basic premise would still stand without resorting to their Lindsey/Missler/Lahaye eschatology. My problem with Premillennial Dispensationalism is that frankly it teaches an alternative gospel (see bottom of page 206). It almost ruined the book for me, as it just dominated the last few chapters.
Another jump in logic was: demons are the spirits of the Nephilim. They might be right, (and that was one of the things I bought the book for to find out about), but I only read the assertion, not the reasoning or Biblical data. Did I miss it?
Questions I wish they covered:
In conclusion, I like the book as an overview to the topic of "What are Aliens?", but as for the big reveal of what is going to happen in the last days . . . not so much. It was just another Dispensational Sensational with the bad guys swapped out for Aliens instead of government leaders. I didn't really learn much new information as I have been researching this weird material for a few years now, but what I did already know has been greatly organized. For that I am thankful.
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