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Religion and Theology
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Raelianism, A Modern Take on Religion In the 1960s, there was this rising French pop star called Claude Celler, who was Claude Vorilhon in real life. He was able to release six singles under his name. But by 1970s his singing career ended and he was next known as a racecar journalist and, later, a magazine publisher…
Vorilhon, who now assumed the titular name of Rael (2006), described it as the religion of the infinite, “an atheist religion whose goals are the diffusion of the messages of demystification, given by the Elohim, to the Earth’s population, and to build an embassy where they will make official contact with the governments of the Earth” (p. 248). Based on its history, its development and its objectives, Raelianism can be considered a legitimate form of faith, regardless of the strangeness of its practices and rituals. It has persisted for decades and this alone makes the religion worth a closer look. History and Philosophy Unlike other groups, claiming to be a form of religion such as Scientology and even the Mormons, Raelianism is not overly secretive and is quite open with regards to its beliefs, rituals and history. Its beginnings, hence, is readily available to those who want to be initiated are interested to know. Its history began during that fateful day in 1973 when Rael claimed to be driving in the middle of nowhere when the Elohim materialized. As per Rael’s account, these beings are extraterrestrials who came to the Earth and created life through scientific technologies. This was supposedly revealed to him and the responsibility to inform mankind and to prepare them to meet their makers rest on his hands. ...
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