Monday, March 13, 2017

#1807: Joseph Jordan

We admit that we haven’t actually watched any of the “Ancient of Days: Biblical Perspectives on the Extraterrestrial Topic” DVD set, but according to the Aliensresistance website pushing it, the set is “recommend for pastors”: Joseph Jordan is behind the installment “Unholy Communion: The Spiritual Nature of Abduction Reports”. Jordan is otherwise the President and co-founder of the CE4 Research Group, an Alien Abduction investigation and research team based out of Cocoa, Florida; he has also been associated with MUFON for decades and has contributed to numerous books and radio programs, and “has spoken during six Roswell UFO Festivals in Roswell”. According to the Aliensresistance website, the CE4 group “first started with a hypothesis, collected the data and then attempted to share their findings,” so it’s all very scientific. The research “showed that some people professing to be Christians were indeed reporting that they had encountered this experience in their lives,” which, however, sort of suggests to us that there are some crucial auxiliary assumptions going into formulating their research hypothesis that they may have neglected to test.

Jordan thinks aliens are bad and need to be fought; luckily, he and his group are there to help us resist the invasion. What their research apparently established is that it is, indeed, possible for Christian abductees to resist the aliens and make the abductions stop “by calling on the name and authority of JESUS CHRIST. Not as a magic word but by their allegiance to and personal relationship with Him.” The results were even “repeatable”: “We also found that by sharing this with other experiencers we could help them also stop their experiences.” (Of course, secular researchers won’t tell you this, so there has to be a conspiracy.) And how do you get exposed to such experiences in the first place? Well, you ask for it, of course, for instance “by being involved in New Age or Occult activities.” The CE4 Research Group is very careful to distance themselves from the “lunatic fringe” by pointing out that they are “not on the lunatic fringe” several times on their website.

The other installments in the Ancient of Days series are:

 “Evidences for a Spiritual View of the UFO Phenomenon” with Guy Malonewhom we have covered before.
- “Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection” with our old friend Gary Bates.
- “Why an Extraterrestrial God Appeals to Today’s Culture” with Michael Heiser; and
- “UFO Cults and Extraterrestrial-Based Religious Movements” with Bill Alnor.

Diagnosis: Perhaps he should ask himself why people continue to confuse him and his group with the lunatic fringe? Probably harmless, though.

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