Dan Edmund is a former librarian, history teacher and guitar tutor and performer who has also worked as a freelance journalist, having published a number of travel and local history articles. He has also a post-graduate IT qualification, and is currently studying for his Masters in History at the University of New England. He is married with one child, and tries to live the life of a good Christian who seeks a better world.
By Dan Edmund
Published: January 23, 2011.
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Concert musician David Eliot is murdered only to awake in a beauteous paradise where death, pain and sorrow no longer exist. However, he discovers even in Christ’s Millennium there are challenges, including convincing an atheist that he is not dreaming, as well as meeting up with his murderer and helping him to reform to a life of love and peace.
This book is well presented and well thought out. The author obviously has done a lot of research, knowing the Bible very well, as well as background historical information. The book looks at some of the more difficult passages found in the Gospels, like the ending in the Gospel of Mark, where there are variant readings found in some of the ancient extant manuscripts. The author also looks at non-canonical Gospels, or Apocryphal Gospels as they are more commonly called. The author tries to present various viewpoints, and does so in a respectful way. As the book is usually written from a secular historical perspective, many Christians will naturally enough disagree with many of the views presented, and may even be offended by it. Also, from a scholarly point of view, apart from biblical citations, the book does lack references.
Although a relatively short book, it nevertheless provides a good overview of the topic. It starts off with the author's background on how since childhood he had developed a fascination with UFOs. The book then covers the time period from 1953 to 1975, in what the author calls the "Golden Age of Flying Saucers," where he covers some of the main UFO and supposed alien encounters during this period. These include the famous Roswell incident in 1947 that made international headlines of an alleged crashed saucer, as well as Captain Mantell's fatal plane chase of a UFO that was also spotted by military ground control. Amongst the "contactees" the author has chapters on George Adamski and the lesser known Truman Bethurum. UFOs and alien encounters are very controversial subjects, but the author has done well to present a plausible explanation towards the extraterrestrial hypothesis. On the down side, the book mainly presents the one side of the argument, and it lacks proper referencing. However, a bibliography is presented at the end of the book, as well as a glossary and descriptive chronology of major UFO sightings and events.
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