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UFO author to speak at church 30 October
Much of what is now called UFOlogy is a modern-day
substitute for religion, says Australian author Gary Bates,
writer of the best-seller Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the
Mr Bates, who will speak at a public
meeting in Palmerston North on Thursday, is on a national tour
that began in Auckland on October 26 and ends 14 stops later
in Christchurch on November 7.
He claims that more sightings of UFOs
(Unidentified Flying Objects) are occurring than ever before,
but are attracting less attention because, in part, of a
greater acceptance that extraterrestrial life exists and might
have influenced developments on Earth.
In the first chapter of Alien Intrusion
he said, ". . . we now live in an age where, more than ever
before, UFO/Extraterrestrial beliefs are no longer the
speciality of science-fiction writers. They have become
Mr Bates, who examines the UFO phenomenon
from a Christian standpoint, will speak at the Central Baptist
Church, 190 Church Street, at 7.30pm.
A self-confessed science- fiction fan, he
nonetheless quotes Ronald Story, editor of The Mammoth
Encyclopedia of Extraterrestrial Encounters, who said, ". . .
science fiction has become our myth and science has become our
"Due mainly to media influences and a
hideously complicated world, most people are finding it
increasingly difficult to distinguish fantasy from reality."
After Mr Bates appeared on a three-hour
Coast-to-Coast radio show in the United States, his book shot
into the top 100 on Amazon.com and within 24 hours brought
another dozen requests for media interviews.
He has since been on speaking tours in
the US, Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
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