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  • ISBN: 9781350044982
  • ISBN10: 1350044989

UFOs, Conspiracy Theories and the New Age : Millennial Conspiracism

by Robertson, David G.

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic & Professional
  • Publish date: 08/24/2017
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David Robertson's UFOs, Conspiracy Theories and the New Age: Millennial Conspiracism is a highly original and compulsively readable study of conspiracy beliefs, popular millennialism, and the emergence of an alternative history of the post-war world generated by a 'counter-elite'. Robertson details the epistemic strategies of these champions of rejected knowledge, in which a Gnostic flavoured theodicy is united with transformative millennialism, promising a new world once individuals have awakened and the malevolent forces of Government, Big Pharma, and the 'Establishment' are defeated. The teachings of the three figures examined in detail, UFOlogist Whitley Streiber, prophet of the 'reptilian thesis' David Icke, and 2012 millennialist and alleged reincarnation of Edgar Cayce, David Wilcock, exemplify what Robertson terms a 'theodicy of the dispossessed', in which the disenfranchisement of the counter-elite is explained by the existence of a powerful malevolent enemy. While there is little in Robertson's study that could be traditionally understood as 'religion' or 'religious studies', the book is ultimately highly relevant to this discipline, and will act as an encouragement to scholars to more deeply interrogate notions such as theodicy, eschatology, prophecy, and belief, all phenomena that are equally relevant to traditional religions and ostensibly non-religious UFOlogical and millennial groups.
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