Ted Peter's 2014 International UFO Congress presentation:
Abductions Are They Spiritual?
Experiencers of Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind or even abductions interpret their experiences with political, scientific, and religious implications. Since the 1980s, abduction reports involving abductions leading to the birth of hybrid babies appear, on the surface, like sexual abuse with traumatic consequences. Still, abductees frequently claim their experiences have opened them up to their higher self, a sense of unity with nature, and to new dimensions of reality. Does this new sense of unity with ultimate reality become a substitute for belief in God? Or, is it a supplement and complement?
Ted Peters is the author of UFOs—God’s Chariots?, first published in 1977 with a 2014 second edition. Its penetrating cultural analysis of the UFO phenomenon remains definitive. He teaches systematic theology at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He co-edits the journal, Theology and Science, at the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences. He has recently served as consultant to NASA and SETI on astro-ethics. Peters’ webpage can be found at www.tedstimelytake.com. The “Peters ETI Religious Crisis Survey” can be found at www.counterbalance.org/etsurv/index-frame.html.