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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Could be the definitive book that engages Ancient Aliens concepts from a Biblical worldviewFeb. 24 2014
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I can recommend this book to anyone regardless of worldview or views on the topics covered in this book. The reason I can do that is because Mr. Woodward has an uncanny gift of being able to present every viewpoint with accuracy and balance before presenting his arguments. I hate to use the cliche "fair and balanced" but I really can say that about Mr. Woodward from everything I have seen and heard from him. Mr. Woodward is able to employ a wry sense of humor during the course of what can be at times dark and disturbing material.
Another aspect I appreciate about Mr. Woodward's writings are: Excellent scholarship.
His books are all thoroughly documented with footnotes and endnotes. A person can read one of his books, disagree with everything they see, and at the very least they can go ahead and see how Wooodward got to his positions and then do the research for themselves. It's hard to beat that.
He also has a gift of being able to sift through all kinds of different material and finding the diamonds in the rough so far as "nuggets of truth" go. I fully support and applaud his efforts to engage this growing alien concept that has clearly become a cultural staple. During the course of the book we take a trip through history and learn that for reasons that can't be random accident that certain themes involving space, the Moon, and Mars have always been in the mix for science, the esoteric, and the occult. From there we are shown that these three camps have an uncanny overlapping of message, theme, and cohesive agenda. I had no idea Mars was this much of a prevalent factor for this long but now I realize that along with a number of other factors, when this deception kicks into full bloom some day down the road, Mars is going to be a factor. There is clearly a certain narrative that is going to be promoted come hell or high water if you'll excuse the phrase.
There really is enough going on in this book that several of the chapters at least could very likely spin off into books of their own.
I know some Christians ask and wonder about looking at material like this or "spending too much time looking at what the devil is doing" or other similar ideas. It is easy to get caught going down rabbit trails and it can happen to the best of us certainly but I think anyone that gets to know Mr. Wooodward's work will quickly see that this is someone who is firmly rooted in his Christian faith and all of this would mean nothing without the life saving Gospel of Jesus Christ.
A book like this is about exposing and rescuing from lies and deception towards the Truth of the Gospel. I've gotten into arguments with some Christians over this who think we have nothing to worry about until we check out. Nothing would make me happier than for that to be the case but I don't feel we can afford to be cavalier and have our bluff called. This is happening now and the Church needs to be aware of these issues, what this means, what people believe about this and why so they can engage them in a meaningful fashion.
For someone that is not a Christian: You will still very likely enjoy this book and find plenty here that should challenge and make you start asking some very tough questions. Good. That's the point. Ask questions. Get to the truth.
I think this book is an essential asset to doing exactly that. I should note that it's an enjoyable read as well and Mr. Woodward is very fair and gracious to all viewpoints throughout the course of the book. Anyone that reads this book will definitely learn something and be edified. They will also be challenged and eager to do further research. Finally, and most importantly, they will be shown the lies exposed in the blazing light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ which is what all of this is ultimately about: Rescuing people from deception.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Humanity: The Very Subject of a Cosmic WarMarch 10 2014
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In his latest book Lying Wonders of the Red Planet: Exposing the Lie of Ancient Aliens, Doug Woodward has compiled a vast amount of information regarding cultural belief and theory about Mars and distilled it through a Christian worldview to argue that Ancient Alien theory and Mars are being used as a vehicle to prepare humanity to accept a future “godman” and his accompanying Lie – that humanity came from elsewhere, from Them, and that humanity also are godmen. This of course encompasses the lie uttered by the first liar in Genesis 3:5 that Eve would be like God if she ate of the forbidden fruit.
Woodward successfully demonstrates that many occult rabbit holes lead to the same idea that humanity’s “true” identity are as gods and immortality can be attained apart from the God of the Bible. He weaves various examples from history, science, mythology, pop culture, art, government involvement, and literature with the thread of Biblical truth to elucidate the point that humanity is being set up for The Lie, the great deception of 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12.
Some of the points that are touched on include:
-Helena Blavatsky’s 19th century esoteric The Secret Doctrine. -Related literature such as that written by H.P. Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, pulp fiction magazines from the 1950’s, Ignatius Donnely’s Atlantis: The Antediluvian World, and its later offspring, the works of alternative history authors like Graham Hancock. -Television phenomena like H2’s wildly successful and highly biased Ancient Aliens. -The varying opinions of The Face and Cydonia region of Mars and NASA’s blatant deception regarding satellite imagery. -Those who, in association with government agencies, claim to have visited Mars through remote viewing and the messages they share. -Nikola Tesla’s claim to have communicated with off-planet intelligences. -Camille Flammarion’s venture to marry questionable psychical studies with a generally scientific search for intelligent life on neighboring worlds. -Walt Disney, Mission to Mars, and the location of Disneyland. -The Christian worldview of the late author and researcher David Flynn and his theory regarding Mars’ history and its potential inhabitants (hint: not aliens but fallen angels) as described in his groundbreaking book Cydonia: The Secret Chronicles of Mars. -The incredible claims of attorney Andrew Basiago, including that he and his father were heavily involved in a government program in childhood (Project Pegasus) that included teleportation to Mars. -Carl Sagan’s rhetoric about intelligent life existing elsewhere. -The idea of a “Cosmic War” in the heavens. -The ritualistic occult exploits, i.e. “portal openings”, of science fiction author and cult religion founder L. Ron Hubbard and his rocket scientist friend and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA) founder Jack Parsons. -Roswell NM, 1947. -Hollywood and the “remaking” of mankind.
The above list, only a portion of all that is covered in Lying Wonders of the Red Planet, is demonstrative of the sheer depth of research and distillation Woodward has accomplished in what is an important work that sheds light on the so-called fringe, strange, and weird involving our nearest neighboring planet and how they apply to eschatological prophecy today. He is one of only a few Christian voices with the logic, research ability, platform, and might I add “the call” to elucidate a subject that is generally drowning in confusion and misdirection.
Not since David Flynn’s Cydonia: The Secret Chronicles of Mars (now a part of The David Flynn Collection) have I come across a work regarding Mars this revelatory and written from a Christian worldview. We here at WatcherVault are wholly recommending Lying Wonders of the Red Planet: Exposing the Lie of Ancient Aliens and appreciate the efforts and dedication of its author, Doug Woodward.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, informative & well thought out.Feb. 20 2014
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This is the third book that I have read from S. Douglas Woodward, & I would recommend it (& the others) to anyone. I think Doug presents his views in a well thought out manner, & I don't think he is being dogmatic about anything he writes in his book. I think Doug gives plenty of arguments & lot's of sources in presenting the other side of this complex puzzle.
Everyone is free to choose how they wish to believe, & if one chooses to believe in the "Ancient Astronaut Theory" & that we all came from Mars, then that is their right. But those same people should at least be open to hear the other side, (or at least one more side) of this argument.
One word that stands out in my mind more than any other word for this whole subject of Mars, Ancient Aliens, etc.,is the word "deception". Are we being deceived into believing our ancestors were Martians? Did they get tired of their planet, or did they have to leave it because of war or some other problem? Did they then decide to come to our world & simple "create" us? Does that make them our "Gods"?
Beings of immense power, wisdom & knowledge, we are told, were create by the "Elohim" of Genesis 1:1, & they rejoiced & sang for joy when they saw this world being created. (See the book of Job chapter 38, verse 7.) Did these "Sons of God" already live in the vast universe we now see? Is it possible that some of these "Sons of God" rebelled, & then basically decided to "do their own thing" & come to earth, & in doing so have caused all the trouble that eventually lead to the flood of Noah? See:(Genesis 6:1-4) At some point in antiquity did these same "Sons of God", having had a comic war, be the reason that the Solar System is the way we now see it. (Like the asteroid belt & the planet Mars?) Perhaps. Could the Creator (the Elohim) of this reality we live in, having decided to do a new thing & create humankind "in (his) image, after (his) likeness", make a lot of the rebellious "Sons of God" a little P.O.'ed? Could this have lead to a cosmic war? Could these same rebellious "Sons of God" decide they needed to fight against this "new thing" called humans? Have they been masquerading as aliens & in the process, been deceiving us? Maybe, perhaps so.
In my opinion, this book will open your eyes to things that perhaps you never thought of before. It even covers the questions I just mentioned. I've read lots of books on this subject, but I think Doug has a way of saying it that just sort of makes sense. I don't think you will be disappointed if you get this book & read it for yourself.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Even skeptics need to be awareFeb. 26 2014
George F Brewer
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In writing a review, the reviewer is attempting to encourage the audience to read either whole heartedly, with reservations, or not to read a given work. Having read the book, and wishing to encourage others to do the same, I am caught short as Woodward has actually written his own best review. The problem, naturally, is who would buy a book to get to read the review? “...humanity is infatuated with the idea that our past links with an otherworldly civilization – perhaps even on Mars.” Woodward, Lying Wonders of the Red Planet: Exposing the Lie of Ancient Aliens, page 285. The quote and the title pretty much sums up Woodward's thesis. One need only look at the number of movies, and the extremes of quality, to realize even when burdened down with the mundane in life, we are still reaching for the stars in one way, shape or form. Then there are the books. With cable, one is inundated with programming regarding aliens. Even a skeptic has to wonder why. Woodward carefully lays out a path, stopping along the way to introduce the players, a cast of hundreds, that could easily swell to thousands, their ideas and the implications of their ideas to our present and our future. The cast includes scientists, writers, charlatans, the gamut of professions, as well as personalities. One could easily pass this off as the work of a kook. Would one be willing to include Carl Sagan or the Vatican in the kook category, among other notables? Woodward stays on course, providing numerous footnotes, including links to books and articles germane to his work. He identifies his world view, sufficiently, to allow himself the occasional comment to endorse, castigate or mock. He reigns himself in where others may have gone off on tangents, creating a work three times its 300 plus pages, but gives the reader the links to pursue these subjects if they are so inclined. Whether one believes in ancient aliens or not, a person owes it to themselves to be forearmed, considering governments are releasing information regarding what they consider intrusions. Woodward even provides some possible reasons why the US government is reluctant to follow the others lead.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding ReadMarch 12 2014
P. T. Howard
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For those who are not sure exactly how the great apostasy, or falling away from the faith will transpire, this is an important read. Have you ever wondered just how the antichrist is going to get people of all faiths, or no faith at all, to swallow the same lie - to worship him?
The "ancient alien" scenario is where we are heading. When cold wars turn into hot wars, when the earth comes apart at the seams and nuclear weapons are falling everywhere, mankind will scream for someone - anyone - to stop the madness. Drip by drip, spoonful by spoonful, we have been conditioned to think that maybe, just maybe, those who "seeded" life here might return to show us the error in our ways and beliefs.
Doug Woodward has done a marvelous job in this book by showing just how long and how much we have been methodically poisoned by this deception and who just might be behind the whole thing. Gird up your minds now while there is still time to think clearly.