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Children of Ezekiel Aliens, UFOs, the Crisis of Race, and the Advent of End Time by Michael Lieb

Children of Ezekiel Aliens, UFOs, the Crisis of Race, and the Advent of End Time


Children of Ezekiel Aliens, UFOs, the Crisis of Race, and the Advent of End Time by Michael Lieb

Are Milton's Paradise Lost, Ronald Reagan's Star Wars missile defense program, our culture's fascination with UFOs and alien abductions, and Louis Farrakhan's views on racial Armageddon somehow linked? In Children of Ezekiel Michael Lieb reveals the connections between these phenomena and the way culture has persistently related the divine to the technological. In a work of special interest at the approach of the millennium, Lieb traces these and other diverse cultural moments-all descended from the prophet Ezekiel's vision of a fiery divine chariot in the sky-from antiquity to the present, across high and low culture, to reveal the pervasive impact of this visionary experience on the modern world. Beginning with the merkabah chariot literature of Hebrew and Gnostic mysticism, Lieb shows how religiously inspired people concerned with annihilating their heretical enemies seized on Ezekiel's vision as revealing the technologically superior instrument of God's righteous anger. He describes how many who seek to know the unknowable that is the power of God conceive it in technological terms-and how that power is associated with political aims and a heralding of the end of time. For Milton, Ezekiel's chariot becomes the vehicle in which the Son of God does battle with the rebellious angels. In the modern age, it may take the form of a locomotive, tank, airplane, missile, or UFO. Technology itself is seen as a divine gift and an embodiment of God in the temporal world. As Lieb demonstrates, the impetus to produce modern technology arises not merely from the desire for profit or military might but also from religious-spiritual motives. Including discussions of conservative evangelical Christian movements, Reagan's ballistic shooting gallery in the sky, and the Nation of Islam's vision of the mother plane as the vehicle of retribution in the war against racial oppression, Children of Ezekiel will enthrall readers who have been captivated, either through religious belief or intellectual interests, by a common thread uniting millennial religious beliefs, racial conflict, and political and militaristic aspirations.


This exciting book interrelates urgent topics in ways never before imagined. While replete with information, teeming with insights, and relevant to the major concerns of present-day society, this book is written with dramatic immediacy and gratifying clarity. More than `essential reading,
this book should be at the top of everyone

's list. -Albert C. Labriola, author of Milton's Legacy in the Arts In addition to contributing a great deal to our understanding of the presence of Biblical themes in the modern world, Michael Lieb's book offers a highly sophisticated way of understanding elements of the contemporary UFO phenomenon. Highly recommended for readers from many different disciplines. -Michael Zimmerman, author of Contesting Earth's Future: Radical Ecology and Postmodernity'

About the Author

Michael Lieb is Research Professor of Humanities and Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His previous books include Milton and the Culture of Violence and The Visionary Mode: Biblical Prophecy, Hermeneutics, and Cultural Change.

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Publication date

30th November 1998


Michael Lieb

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Duke University Press


320 pages


Cultural studies



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