The Christianization of the Ancient Aliens Theory Part Two The Nephilim Problem

In an earlier blog The Christianization of the Ancient Aliens Theory Part One I discussed how some Christians have been using the same flawed and fabricated evidence  which the ancient aliens movement uses, except they attribute it to an advanced human civilization from before the Flood, rather than aliens. In this follow up post  I will look at how other Christians have aslo been using the same evidence  which they attribute to the Nephilim or giants instead of ancient aliens visitors.

In fact,  there appear to be more Christian books, which assume  that the ancient aliens evidence is basically sound and they can still us it  as long as they attribute it to the Nephilim or giants rather than aliens, than there are books by Christians, such as Clifford Wilson, debunking the ancient aliens theory and its dodgy evidence.

The Nephilim are mentioned on Genesis 6,

“Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took for themselves, whomever they chose … The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.” (Genesis 6:1-2,4 NASB)

In other Old Testament passages, the “sons of God” meant angels (Job 1:6, 2:1, 38:7). The traditional Jewish interpretation of this passage was that the “sons of God” were fallen angels or demons who had sex with human women and their offspring, the Nephilim were human/angel hybrids. “Nephilim” appears to be derived from the Hebrew “naphal”, meaning “to fall” and means “fallen ones”. However, the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Jewish Bible) and the King James version translate it as “giants”.

The apocryphal Book of Enoch elaborates on the Genesis 6 passage. It says that 200 angels called Watchers led by Samjaza landed on Mount Hermon. They married human women and their children were the giants who were 300 cubits (137 metres) tall. Some Watchers, led by Azaayel, taught humans metallurgy, sorcery, astrology and even cosmetics. The giants became violent and resorted to cannibalism. The oppressed humans cried out to God who imprisoned the Watchers under the earth and sent the Flood to destroy the giants (Enoch 7-10).

The early Christians also subscribed to the fallen angel interpretation of Genesis 6, until it was replaced by the Sethite interpretation. This argued that the sons of God were not angels, but the godly descendants of Adam’s son Seth who had previously called upon the name of the Lord (Genesis 4:26). The daughters of men were descendants of Cain. The Sethites married the immoral Cainite women and were corrupted by them, similar to what later happened with the Israelites and the Midianite women (Numbers 25).

The Sethite theory has been the dominant Christian interpretation. For example, John Calvin believed in the Sethite theory and wrote about the fallen angels theory, “That ancient figment, concerning the intercourse of angels with women, is abundantly refuted by its own absurdity: and it is surprising that learned men should formerly have been fascinated by ravings so gross and prodigious.” (John Calvin, A Commentary on Genesis, Banner of Truth Trust, London, 1965, p 238)

While most Christians assumed that the sons of God were humans, Erich von Daniken and other ancient aliens writers took the fallen angels interpretation and argued that the angles were really aliens who had sex with humans, resulting in human/alien hybrids In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest among some Christians in the fallen angel interpretation and the Nephilim, their supposed human/angel hybrid offspring, which is often connected with UFOs and Bible prophecy. These Nephilim researchers are Christians but they have clearly been influenced by the ancient aliens theory and appear to be cashing in on it. They use many of the same arguments and evidence but they attribute it to the Nephilim or giants instead of aliens.

In The Nephilim and the Pyramid of the Apocalypse Patrick Heron acknowledges this,

“In discussing the pyramids and other ancient monuments and other ancient monuments, many profess to believe that aliens or extra-terrestrials came to Earth from afar and were responsible for these buildings. The theory advanced here would support this supposition. The only difference is that the Scriptures do not label these beings as “aliens” or “extra-terrestrials”, but refer to them as “fallen angels”, “sons of God” or the “Nephilim”. Enoch called them “stars’, “spiritual beings” and the “Watchers”. (Patrick Heron, The Nephilim and the Pyramid of the Apocalypse, Citadel Press, New York, 2004, p 113)

In The Omega Conspiracy I.D. E. Thomas tries to make the sons of God of Genesis 6 sound like extra-terrestrials. He calls them “spirit beings from outer space”(I.D.E. Thomas, The Omega Conspiracy, Anomolas Publishing, Missouri, 2008, p 92) and “space beings called fallen angels” who showed primitive humans how to build the pyramids and other monuments. ( p 116)

In Giants, Fallen Angels and the Return of the Nephilim, Dennis Lindsay says about the sons of God and angels of Genesis 6,

“In today’s common vernacular one might call these beings aliens or extraterrestrials, Yes, it appears these creatures have visited Planet Earth in the past, and as we shall see, in the near future they will begin to appear once more.” (Dennis Lindsay, Giants, Fallen Angels and the Return of the Nephilim, Destiny Image, Pennsylvania, 2018, p 131)

This is the ancient aliens theory for Christians. They are making the Bible’s angels sound like aliens.

While ancient aliens believes claim that aliens built the Great Pyramid or gave human the technology to build it, Christian Nephilim researchers say the Nephilim or giants built the Great Pyramid.

I. D. E. Thomas says we could not build the Great today (The Omega Conspiracy, p 9, 11, 13). In Alien Agenda, The Return of the Nephilim Aaron Judkins writes, “Today, with all our modern science and engineering, we would not be able to build a Great Pyramid of Giza.” (Aaron Judkins, Alien Agenda, The Return of the Nephilim, Maverick Publishing, Texas, 2012, p 98)

This is reminiscent of what von Daniken wrote in Chariots of the Gods?,

“Today, in the twentieth century, no architect could build a copy of the Pyramid of Cheops, even if the technical resources of every continent were at his disposal.” (Erich von Daniken, Chariots of the Gods?, Corgi, London, 1972, p 100)

Of course, engineers could build the Great Pyramid today, but why would they bother?

I.D.E. Thomas writes, “As for the Great Pyramid, many scientists suggest a date back generations before the Flood.” (The Omega Conspiracy, p 114) Who are these scientists?

Patrick Heron writes the Great Pyramid “was the first to have been built” (The Nephilim and the Pyramid of the Apocalypse, p 1)and seems “to have just popped up out of nowhere”(p 43). It wasn’t and it didn’t. Again, this is reminiscent of what von Daniken wrote in Chariots of the Gods? that ancient Egypt ”appears suddenly and without transition with a fantastic ready-made civilisation.”(Chariots of the Gods?, p 96) Egyptologists believe ancient Egyptian civilization developed gradually over thousands of years.

Aaron Judkins and L.A. Marzulli repeat the ancient aliens claim that the Great Pyramid was used to generate energy and was part of a world grid (L.A. Marzulli, On the Trail of the Nephilim, Spiral of Life Publishing, Kentucky, 2013, p 218-220, Alien Agenda, The Return of the Nephilim, p 102-103). This same claim is made in the Ancient Aliens episodes “The Evidence” and “Alien Power Plants”.

Like their ancient aliens equivalents, Nephilim researchers do not sound like they know much about ancient Egypt and the pyramids. They do not appear to have read many books by qualified Egyptologists on how the pyramids were probably built. They do not know so they assume it was the Nephilim or giants.

In ancient Egyptian art Rameses II (1303-1213 BC) and other Pharaohs were sometimes depicted a larger than everyone else. Patrick Heron and Rob Skiba take these depictions literally and claim that Rameses II and other Pharaohs really were giants (Rob Skiba, Archon Invasion, The Rise, Fall and Return of the Nephilim, King’s Gate Media, Texas, 2012,  p 222-223, The Nephilim and the Pyramid of the Apocalypse, p 93-96) .Dennis Lindsay thinks this is evidence that giants built the pyramids (Giants, Fallen Angels and the  Return of the Nephilim, p 73-74). We know Rameses II was not a giant – he was 170 cm tall – because his mummy is in the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo. It was a convention in Egyptian art to portray the Pharaoh a larger than everyone else because he was more important than everyone else. It was not meant to be taken literally any more than the depiction of ancient Egyptians with their eyes on the sides of their heads should be taken literally.

Nephilim researchers do not limit themselves to ancient Egypt. They also claim that Baalbek, Cuzco, Stonehenge, Nazca and other monuments which the ancient aliens movement claims were built with the help of aliens, were actually built by the Nephilim or giants (Steve Quayle, Genesis 6 Giants, End Time Thunder Publishers, Montana, 2015 p 174, Alien Agenda, The Return of the Nephilim, p 98, 127-131, The Nephilim and the Pyramid of the Apocalypse, p 1-5, 79, 100-101, The Omega Conspiracy, p 112-114, Archon, The Rise, Fall and Return of the Nephilim, p 16, 219, On the Trail of the Nephilim , p174-194, Giants, Fallen Angels and the Return of the Nephilim, p 75-86). Rob Skiba suggests that the Great Wall of China was built to keep out the giants (Archon Invasion, The Rise, Fall and Return of the Nephilim, p 287-289).

Some  ancient aliens writers and Nephilim researchers like to describe themselves as “explorers”. They are explorers. They are tourists.  They go to tourist attractions like Giza or Cuzco, often wearing a hat like Indiana Jones, which presumably makes them qualified to speak on archaeology. Ancient aliens believers look at these monuments and say “Ooo, aliens must have built it.” Nephilim writers  look at the same monuments and say “Ooo, the Nephilim must have built it.”

They repeat other flawed arguments of the ancient aliens movement. Steve Quayle cites the Vaimmanika Shastra and the supposed nuclear war in the Mahabharata (Genesis 6 Giants, p 114-115) which I have addressed in The Case Against Ancient Aliens Part Six Vimanas and Nuclear War in Ancient India. He also mentions ooparts, like the Antikythera Device and the Baghdad Batteries (Genesis 6 Giants, p 112-113).

Thomas Horn and Aaron Judkins use Zecharia Sitchin’s fabricated definition of Anunnaki (Thomas Horn, Nephilim Stargates, The Year 2012 and the Return of the Watchers, Anomalos Publishing, Oregon, 2007, p 26, Alien Agenda, The Return of the Nephilim, p 72). Rob Skiba has written, “According to the ancient texts, these Anunnaki were said to have genetically life here on earth.” (Archon Invasion, The Rise, Fall and Return of the Nephilim, p 63) It sounds like he has been reading Sitchin.  I have discussed the claims of Zecharia Sitchin  in an article The Case Against Ancient Aliens Part Four Zecharia Sitchin which was published in the Australian magazine Ufologist, Vol. 21, No. 6, March-April 2018. A good website exposing Sitchin is Michael Heiser’s Sitchin is Wrong.

Steve Quayle and Aaron Judkins repeat the ancient aliens claim that Alexander the Great saw UFOs which looked like flying shields (Genesis 6 Giants, p 115, Alien Agenda, The Return of the Nephilim, p 17). There is no historical evidence for this. It was made up by Frank Edwards in his 1959 book Stranger  Than Science ((Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck, Wonders in the Sky, Jeremy Tarcher, New York, 2010, p 379-380).

Patrick Heron and Rob Skiba suggest that the half man/half animal creatures of mythology were real, the result of genetic experiments by fallen angels or the Nephilim (The Nephilim and the Pyramid of the Apocalypse, p 62-63,  Archon Invasion, The Rise, Fall and Return of the Nephilim, p 146-147). This is reminiscent of Ancient Aliens episodes “Gods and Aliens”, “Aliens and Monsters” and “Aliens and Sacred Spaces” which suggest that these mythological monsters were genetic experiments created by aliens . Steve Quayle suggests that that dinosaurs were genetic experiments carried out by fallen angels (Genesis 6 Giants, p 167-168). The Ancient Aliens episode “Aliens and Dinosaurs” says aliens created dinosaurs.

Jesus said that before his Second Coming it would be ‘just like the days of Noah” (Matthew 24:37). Nephilim researchers believe this not only refers to the moral conditions. They believe there will be a “return of the Nephilim” which is connected to the UFO abduction phenomenon.

Many Christian UFO researchers have concluded that the authentic UFO phenomenon, particularly UFO abductions, is demonic in origin, such as Gary Bates, Alien Intrusion, Master Books, Arizona, 2005, Joseph Jordan and David Ruffino, Unholy Communion, Defender Press, Missouri, 2010, John Ankerberg and John Weldon, The Facts on UFOs and Other Supernatural Phenomena, Harvest House, Oregon, 1992. There is a sexual component in nearly all UFO abductions. Abductees are either forced to have sex with the UFO entities or they experience violating medical procedures (Kevin Randle, et al, The Abduction Enigma, Forge Books, New York, 1991, p 81). During their experiences UFO abductees often report seeing “human/alien hybrids” which are supposed to be the product of these sexual encounters and genetic experiments. The similarity between these modern human/demon hybrids and the pre-Flood human/demon hybrids, the Nephilim, seems obvious. Nephilim researchers believe that before the Second Coming there will be a generation of human/demon hybrids which are created in UFO abductions. Some have suggested the Antichrist will be a modern Nephilim (Chuck Missler, Alien Encounters, Koinonia House, Idaho, 1997, p 280-281, Nephilim Stargates, The Year 2012 and the Return of the Watchers, p 184-186, 196)

I agree UFO abductions are demonic. I have written about this in Identifying the UFO Entities Part One (Ufologist, Vol,. 15, No. 2, July-August 2011) Identifying the UFO Entities Part Two (Ufologist, Vol 15, No. 3, September-October  2011) and UFOs, The Bible and the World View Problem, (Ufologist, Vol. 16, No. 6, March-April 2013.

However, the Nephilim-UFO abduction connection argument is flawed because UFO abductions do not appear to be physically real. There have been no credible cases where independent witnesses saw an abductee being taken aboard a UFO. In fact, there have been cases where someone believed they had been taken onto a UFO but others saw them asleep or in a trance (Jenny Randles, Abduction, Guild Publishing, London, 1980, p 139-140, Jenny Randles, Alien Contact, Coronet Books, Great Britain, 1981, p 64-66, Karla Turner, Taken, Rose Printing, Tallahassee, 1988, p 8-9). The only case in which a UFO abduction was observed by UFO researchers was the case of Maureen Puddy. In 1973 she was in a car near Melbourne, Victoria, with two investigators from the Victorian UFO Research Society. She believed she was taken aboard a UFO, but the two investigators said she had been in a trance in the car the whole time (Keith Basterfield, UFOs: A Report on Australian Encounters, Reed Books, Victoria, 1997, p 11-17). This is apparently the only case in which a UFO abduction was witnessed by UFO investigators and the abductee did not go anywhere.

I do not believe UFO abductees are physically taken aboard UFOs. The abduction experience appears to be implanted in their minds by demonic entities while they are in an altered state of consciousness (Clifford Wilson, Close Encounters: A Better Explanation,  Master Books, San  Diego, 1978, p 124-125, The Facts on UFOs and Other Supernatural Phenomena, p 32-34). If UFO abductions are not physically real, then the hybrid children, which abductees see during their experiences, cannot be real either.

Moreover, the whole theory that the Nephilim were the offspring of fallen angels and human women is doubtful. When the Sadducees asked Jesus about marriage after the resurrection, he said, “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like the angels in heaven.” (Matthew 22:30)

Jesus appears to be saying that angels cannot marry or have sex. This would mean that the sons of God in Genesis 6 could not have been angels and the Nephilim could not have been their human/angel hybrid children.

Defenders of the fallen angel theory argue this only means that angels in heaven do not marry, but they are still capable of marrying and having sex on earth (Genesis 6 Giants, p 5, Alien Encounters, p 212). This is not convincing. Those, who subscribe to the fallen angel theory, want us to believe that God created angels with male genitalia, capable of producing sperm, but they were not allowed to marry and have sex. What were they supposed to do? It is no wonder it ended in disaster.

Angels sometimes appear identical to humans (Genesis 18, 19, Hebrews 13:2), but they are not the same. God made humans “a little lower than the angels” (Psalm 8:5). Even if angels have DNA, they are not the same species as humans. Offspring of the two should be impossible.

In The Nephilim Deception C. M. Boyer argues, “Demon-human reproduction cannot have taken place, it is biologically impossible for anything other than the human male sperm to fertilize a human female oocyte, with the exception of the Holy Spirit in the case of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (C.M. Boyer, The Nephilim Deception, Create Space independent Publishers, USA, 2016, p 1)

However, other New Testament passages appear to suggest that angels had sex with human women and were punished for it.

“And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chians for the judgement of the great day, as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them, in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flash, and set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” (Jude 6-7)

“For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell (Tartaros) and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but spared Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making theme an example to those who live ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds) – then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgement.(2 Peter 2:4-9)

Henry Morris of the Institute for Creation Research has proposed a solution which incorporates elements of the fallen angel and Sethite theories. He suggests that the angels or sons of God lusted after the human women so they demonically possessed the men and experienced having sex through them (Henry Morris, The Genesis Record, Baker, Michigan, 1996, p 169). This theory manages to reconcile Matthew 22, which says angels cannot marry or presumably have sex, with 2 Peter 2 and Jude which suggest that they did. It also resolves the problem of “angel DNA” and how angels and humans could have offspring. This is not an identical scenario to modern UFO abductions, but both involve some form of demonic influence or possession.

It means the Nephilim would have been fully human, but they were raised by demon-possessed parents. They would have grown up to evil, violent people. Genesis says the Nephilim were the “mighty men of old, men of renown” (Genesis 6:4). They were men or humans, not half-human, half-angel hybrids. The Flood was sent because “the wickedness of men was great on the earth” (Genesis 6:5). The wicked men were the Nephilim.

This theory about the identity of the Nephilim is admittedly specualtive. Even if the fallen angels theory is still correct, that still does not mean the Nephilim built the pyramids. We cannot Christianize  the ancient aliens theory, we cannot use the same evidence if we cross out “aliens ” and write “Nephilim” because their evidence is wrong on the first place.



The Christianization of the Ancient Aliens Theory Part One

The ancient aliens theory is the belief that aliens visited Earth, manipulated human evolution and brought civilisation to primitive humans in the distant past. The idea became popular in the 1970s following the publication of Chariots of the Gods? by Erich von Daniken. Interest dropped off during the 1980s. In 2009 the History Channel’s series Ancient Aliens revived the idea. According to a survey conducted by Chapman University in 2015, about 20% of Americans believe in the ancient aliens theory. By 2018 this had risen to 41%.

A key assumption of the ancient aliens theory is that primitive humans did not know what the aliens were, so they thought the gods had come down to them. Ancient aliens believers apply this assumption to the Bible and argue that God, angels and the supernatural phenomena in the Bible were really aliens and their advanced technology. Thus, the ancient aliens theory challenges the truth of the Bible and seeks to re-interpret God’s working in human history as the activities of aliens.

An early critic of Erich von Daniken and the ancient aliens theory was Dr Clifford Wilson, an Australian archaeologist and creationist, who debunked von Daniken arguments in his books Crash Go the Chariots (1972) and The Chariots Still Crash (1976). More recent Christian critics have been Dr Michael Heiser and the 2012 documentary Ancient Aliens Debunked produced by Chris White.  These Christians have recognized that the arguments of the ancient theory are false and challenge the authority of the Bible.

I have also addressed the ancient aliens theory in my series “The Case Against Ancient Aliens” Parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven and Eight. Some of these were published in the Australian magazine Ufologist  which has now ceased publication.

However, I have noticed that other Christians have not been so discerning. They assume they can still use much of the same evidence if they attribute it to an advanced human civilization before the Flood or to the Nephilim, instead of aliens. This will not work because the evidence is wrong in the first place.

Jonathan Gray calls himself an archaeologist, but does not appear to have any qualifications in archaeology. He has recycled many of Ron Wyatt’s dubious claims about having discovered Noah’s Ark, Sodom and Gomorrah and more. In his website, which can be found here,  he cites a lot of the same evidence as the ancient aliens theory, but instead of aliens, he attributes it to an advanced ancient  human civilisation. In his book Dead Men’s Secrets Gray writes that the Flood occurred in 3398 BC and afterwards an advanced civilisation quickly reappeared. It was destroyed in a nuclear war around 2200 BC (Jonathan Gray, Dead Mens’ Secrets, Teach Services Publishers, Georgia, 2014, p 17, 40). His evidence for a nuclear war is the same misquoted passages from the Mahabharata which ancient aliens believers use . Gray cites other false ancient aliens evidence, which I have discussed in my earlier posts,such as von Daniken’s tunnels from The Gold of the Gods, the Dropa Stones, the Vymanika Shastra and the Book of Dzyan (Dead Men’s Secrets, p 167, 218, 237, 239, 267-268). It does not matter if you attribute it to ancient aliens or advanced ancient humans. Fake evidence is still fake.

In The Puzzle of Ancient Man Donald Chittick also believes that the pre-Flood civilisation could have been more advanced than our own (Donald Chittick, The Puzzle of Ancient Man, Creation Compass, Oregon, 2006, p 46). The survivors of the Flood quickly re-established an advanced civilisation which later declined (p 12-13, 46). Chitick repeats the ancient aliens claim that the Piri Reis Map shows Antarctica free of ice (p 58), when  it does not.

He cites the “out of place artifacts” or ooparts, the Baghdad Batteries and the Antikythera Device (p 9-11. 155-156). These are supposed to be evidence for an advanced civilisation after the Flood in the third millennium BC, yet Chittick agrees they date to around 100 BC (p 10, 155). They show that people around 100 BC were smarter than we assume, but they are not evidence for an advanced civilisation 2000 years earlier, any more than today’s technology proves the Romans 2000 years ago were just as advanced.

Chittick also argues that ooparts discredit evolution, “However such artifacts pose a very great problem for the evolutionary picture that man developed upward from the animals. If evolutionism is correct and man did actually evolve up from the animal, then human artifacts should reflect that fact. The more ancient an artifact, the more “primitive” it ought to be. The actual case with the evidence, however, seems to be just the opposite.” (p 8)

In their book  Alien Agenda The Return of the Nephilim Aaron Judkins and Michael McDaniel argue that monuments such as Stonehenge and Baalbek disprove evolution, “All this goes to show that, as in many regions of the world, advanced civilizations existed here in the past – which invalidates the thesis that the societies always “evolve” towards more advanced states.” (A. S. Judkins and Michael McDaniel, Alien Agenda, The Return of the Nephilim, Maverick  Publishing, Texas, 2013, p 133)

The theory of evolution has to do with supposed biological development from the primitive to the more advanced. Human social and cultural development clearly has not proceeded from the primitive to more advanced. Human progress has not always been upwards. Civilisations rise and fall. The earlier Roman Empire was more advanced than the later Dark Ages, but that does not disprove evolution.

Genesis does not suggest there was an advanced civilisation before the Flood. They built cities (Genesis 4:17), had agriculture (Genesis 4:20) and used bronze and iron tools (Genesis 4:22). This sounds like the same level of technology as when Moses wrote Genesis. Jonathan Sarafti suggests that because the world before the Flood was full of violence (Genesis 6:11), conditions were too unstable for scientific research. There was no opportunity for advanced technology to develop (Jonathan Sarfati, “Computers on the Ark”, Creation, Vol. 33, No. 2, April 2011, p 40-41)

In fact, the idea of an advanced industrial civilisation before the Flood conflicts with the creationist model. Our industrial civilisation has only been possible because of the large deposits of coal and oil which creationists argue  were apparently formed during the Flood (Andrew Snelling, “Coal Beds and Noah’s Flood”, Creation, Vol. 8, No. 3, June 1986, p 20-21). If there were no large coal and oil deposits before the Flood, it is hard to see how an industrial civilisation could have emerged.

I have noticed that the connection goes both ways and ancient aliens believers have been using some creation science arguments. The ancient aliens movement believe in evolution, that life evolved on Earth over hundreds of millions of years. However, they also believe that aliens have intervened and manipulated human evolution. They even use some of the same arguments and evidence as creationists to support this belief.

In The Genesis Race ancient aliens proponent Will Hart cites Evolution: A Theory in Crisis by Michael Denton and Darwin’s Black Box by Michael Behe, He says there are no intermediate forms in the fossil record and Darwinian evolution cannot explain the origin of life (Will Hart, The Genesis Race, Bear and Co, Vermont, 2003, p 26-37).

In the Ancient Aliens episode “The Animal Agenda” Giogio Tsoulkas says, “The fossil record, while it’s there, doesn’t necessarily correspond to Darwinian evolution because you don’t see the transitional creatures in between whatever evolution there may have been, so this suggests to me an outside influence.”

They sound like creationists. However, ancient aliens believers do not conclude that this means there is something seriously wrong with the theory of evolution. They argue that it means aliens intervened and manipulated evolution, resulting in jumps forward, rather than gradual change. The same episode also gives the example of the bombardier beetle, which is common in creation science literature, arguing that it could not have evolved naturally. However, instead of attributing this evidence for design to God the Creator, they argue that aliens have intervened and created new species and manipulated evolution.

Will Hart calls this “intelligent extra-terrestrial intervention.” (The Genesis Race, p 6) This is reminiscent of theistic evolution or some versions of Intelligent Design, except they do not God was controlling the evolutionary process. It was aliens.

Will Hart and other ancient aliens theorists also believe in directed panspermia which was proposed by Francis Crick, co-discoverer of DNA (Will Hart, Ancient Alien Ancestors, Bear and Co., Vermont, 2017, p 6-17). Crick did not believe it was possible for life to have arisen on Earth, an assumption the theory of evolution is founded upon. He proposed that life came to Earth from outer space either on comets and meteorites, or by directed panspermia in which aliens seeded life on Earth. Even some mainstream scientists have to appeal to aliens to preserve the theory of evolution and keep God out of the picture. Directed panspermia begs the question, if it was not possible for life to have arisen on Earth, how was it more possible for it to have arisen on another earlier planet?

The Ancient Aliens episode “The Science Wars” shows us the London Artifact or London Hammer which is on display in the Creation Evidence museum in Glen Rose, Texas. This is a hammer which was discovered in purportedly 140 million year old rock in London, Texas, in 1936. Like other Ooparts, it is not proof of ancient aliens. An old hammer is not the sort of thing which aliens would leave behind. They use the creation science argument and argue that it shows there is something wrong with conventional dating techniques. However, they claim this is because of the radiation produced by the nuclear war described in the ancient Indian epic the  Mahabharata, which it does not.

Erich von Daniken has been convicted of fraud and was described by a court psychiatrist as “a prestige-seeker, a liar, and an unstable and criminal psychopath with a hysterical character.” The claims of the ancient aliens movement are groundless, if not fraudulent. As I will discuss in my next post, some Christians cannot see through them and attribute their dubious evidence to the Nephilim, rather than aliens.


The Maria Orsic Hoax

The truth about Maria Orsic, the Vril Society and ancient aliens from Aldebaran.

While I was researching the connections between the Nazi esoteric beliefs and modern beliefs about Atlantis and ancient aliens, which I have written about here,  I came across references to Maria Orsic, an Austrian Medium and member of the Vril Society. In 1919 Maria claimed to have received telepathic messages from the planet Sumi-Er in the Aldebaran solar system, about 68 light years from Earth. These messages said that the Sumerians of ancient Mesopotamia had come from Aldebaran 500 million years ago and the Aryans were their descendants.

I did not believe that aliens from Aldebaran really had communicated with Maria Orsic, but it did look like I had come across evidence for belief in the ancient aliens theory in pre-Nazi Germany.

I soon realized the story of Maria Orsic is a hoax.

There are a lot of dodgy and unreliable claims about the Nazis and the occult. In my research I had come across numerous references to the Vril Society. According to Michael Fitzgerald, its members included Hitler, Hess, Goering and Himmler (Michael FitzGerald, The Nazi Occult War, Hinkler, Victoria, 2013, p 40).  I assumed they were a real group, like the Thule Society whose members included Nazi leaders Rudolf Hess and Hans Frank. However, some doubt that there ever was a Vril Society. Wikipedia says, “there is no evidence for the existence of such a society.”

The name comes from a 1871 novel The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1871). This is the story of a man who discovers an advanced underground civilization which is powered by an energy source called Vril which gave it inhabitants telepathic powers.

This was taken seriously by Helena Blatavsky, founder of Theosophy in her books Isis Unveiled (1877) and The Secret Doctrine (1888). Another Theosophist William Scott-Elliot wrote in his 1896 book The Story of Atlantis  that the Atlanteans’ airships were powered by Vril energy (W. Scott-Elliot, The Story of Atlantis, Theosophical Publishing Society, London, 1896, p 51-54). In Germany an Aryanized version of Theosophy developed, called Ariosophy.

Willy Ley, a former German rocket scientist, wrote in a 1947 article “Pseudoscience in Naziland” that there had been a group in Berlin which believed in Vril.

In a 2002 book Black Sun, Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism and the Politics of Identity, Nicholas Goodrick-Clark says that there was a Vril society,

“German researchers have recently established that such a group did exist in association with the astrological publisher Wilhelm Becker. This wholly obscure “Reichsarbeitsgemeinschaft ‘Das Kommende Deutschland'” published a short brochure Vril: Die kosmische Urkraft (1930), which described the Atlanteans as possessors of a spiritual “dynamo-technology”, superior to the mechanistic notions of modern technology, Based on Vril energy, this technology also enabled the Egyptians and Aztecs to build their pyramids.” (Nicholas Goodrick-Clark, Black Sun, Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism and the Politics of Identity, New York University Press, New York, 2002, p 166)

While it does appear there was some sort of Vril society or society which believed in Vril, there is no evidence it was as influential as some claim. They are making it up. Vril: Die kosmische Urkraft , which can be read in German here, says nothing about Maria Orsic.

In an article The Vril Mythos Shannon LeGro writes that two Austrians Norbert Jurgen-Ratthofer and Ralf Ettl wrote a book The Vril Project in 1992 which contained the first mention of Maria Orsic and Aldebaran . Ettl was a member of the Temple Society in Vienna, a Gnostic group which was founded by neo-Nazis and claimed to be successors to the Knights Templars. The origin of the Maria Orsic story is also described by Nicholas Goodrick-Clark (Black Sun, p 164-169).

The Vril Project has not been published in English. However, in 1994 Jurgen-Ratthofer and Ettl  made a  “documentary” called U.F.O. Secrets of the Third Reich which claims that  the Vril Society was founded in 1919 and Maria Ortisch, who was played by Simone Bernhard in the dramatizations, received telepathic messages from Aldebaran. These included instructions to build a time machine which was not completed, but were the inspiration for the Nazi flying discs which were first built in 1934. This documentary can be found on YouTube.

If the Nazis really had this advanced flying disc technology which they received from aliens, one wonders how they could have lost the war. Claims that the Nazis had built the original flying saucers have been around since the 1950s. A critique of these claims can be found here. Before the Maria Orsic story the claims were that the Nazis had built these flying discs themselves. Some of these came from neo-Nazis who were trying to show how advanced the Nazis were. Much in the same way that the ancient aliens theory assumes that people in the ancient world could not build ancient monuments and buildings themselves and needed the help of aliens, the Maria Orsic story assumes the Nazis could not build their own flying discs and needed the help of aliens

Subsequent writers, websites and documentaries built on and embellished the Maria Orsic – Aldebaran story, such as The Aldebaran Mystery, UFO Secrets of the 3rd Reich and World War II and the Ancient Aliens episode “Aliens and the Third Reich” which claim that Maria was taken on a spaceship to Aldebaran at the end of the war. This sounds like an attempt to explain why there is no evidence for her existence.

The 1994 documentary U.F.O. Secrets of the Third Reich contained this drawing of what Maria Orsic was supposed to look like.

This sketch appears to be  based on the 1994 original

The photo  below is supposed to be of Maria Orsic

It appears that the face from the second picture was superimposed onto this photo and then reversed. I do not know who the woman in original photo is.

Then, there is this supposed photo of Maria Orsic.

This is a woman’s face superimposed on a photo of Hitler. Here is the original.

[After I had posted this, someone said the woman’s face in the above photo is Kate Moss.]

If you search for photos of Maria Orsic on the Internet, the results include

Nena von Schlebrugge (b, 1941), a former model who is  Uma Thrman’s mother

Chalize Theron in Prometheus

Alexandra Maria Lara as Traudl Junge in Downfall

and Claudia Black, star of Farscape and Stargate SG 1

There is no evidence from before 1992 for the existence of Maria Orsic or the claims the Vril Society were in contact with aliens from Aldebaran.