Just before i start, please don't just read the title and flame me. Read what i have to say, and the posts of others following it before you leave
your own comments. Thanks.
It seems lately that more and more people are becoming interested in the UFO phenomenon. There are a group of more, for lack of a better word,
fanatical UFO believers that make up the core of the group, as it slowly spreads out to believers, want-to-believers and general interested
I think that there is enough content in UFOlogy and it's documentation to warrant it's status as a Religion. No, i would not class myself as a
member, nor should i think UFOlogy should become a Religion, but my thoughts is that it could
Religion has been defined in a wide variety of ways. Most definitions attempt to find a balance somewhere between overly sharp definition and
meaningless generalities. Some sources have tried to use formalistic, doctrinal definitions while others have emphasized experiential, emotive,
intuitive, valuational and ethical factors. Definitions mostly include:
* a notion of the transcendent or divine, often, but not always, in the form of theism
* a cultural or behavioural aspect of ritual, liturgy and organized worship, often involving a priesthood, and societal norms of morality (ethos)
and virtue (arete)
* a set of myths or sacred truths held in reverence or believed by adherents
That is a general definition of the 'requirements' of a Religion. I want to take it apart and address each point separately.
"a notion of the transcendent or divine, often, but not always, in the form of theism
As yet, we don't know where UFO's (and their possible Inhabitants) come from. There are many theories, ranging from EBE's, time travelers,
inter-dimensional beings etc.
The theory i am interested in here is that they are holy beings, "angels", or manifestations of "God" himself. I have read people on these very
forums stating that they believe them to be messengers from God.
This could warrant a tick for point number 1.
"a cultural or behavioural aspect of ritual, liturgy and organized worship, often involving a priesthood, and societal norms of morality (ethos)
and virtue (arete)
This one is a little tougher.
Rituals could include 'watching the skies', 'keeping a camera with you at all times' etc.
Liturgy and Organized Worship. UFO conventions?
Priesthood: Closest I can come is UFOlogists.
Ethos: Fair skepticism, analysis of evidence, debunking hoaxes.
"a set of myths or sacred truths held in reverence or believed by adherents
Now this one is easy. There is more myths about UFO's than nearly any other topic. Area 51, Roswell, J-Rod etc. Combine that with the documentation
produced from Government Archives, The Disclosure Project and other sources and there you have a 'Sacred Text'.
As far as the reverence side is concerned, i know many people that wish to or have made a 'pilgrimage' to Area 51 or Roswell. Sacred Sites?
It is a fairly loose argument, i know, but i have been thinking about it and had to post something so i can spark discussion and further my line or
Any comments, for or against, are welcome, but please remember i'm not attempting to belittle other Religions, or even create UFOlogy as their equal,
i'm merely stating an idea.