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In this video Dr Dave Webster interviews Erik A.W. Östling about the relation between popular culture and UFO religions.
If you are seriously interested in Heaven’s Gate – you should definitely go and read this: http://www.fromthesquare.org/?p=6742
Erik mentions Heaven’s Gate – and the use of Star Trek imagery – here is the video below from their ‘Exit Statements’ that were made before the mass suicide. The section he refers to is at 52min 20seconds into the video: (warning – given what happened, the video messages, while cheerily given, can make for rather grim viewing).
In this video Dr Dave Webster interviews Erik A.W. Östling about the notion of Alien Abduction and UFO religion:
Erik has presented some materials on this topic such as THIS paper in Israel recently, and THIS article on the Raëlian religion. In this interview he mentions the work of John E Mack: there is a (sceptical) piece about him HERE…