Sunday, August 21, 2016
I’m reading Lives and Miracles by Gregory of Tours [Edited and translated by Giselle de Nie, Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 2015].
Gregory of Tours was a Frankish Prelate who lived from 538 to 594 A.D. and you can read about him via Wikipedia:
Gregory recounted in several volumes the “saints” of his time and the (alleged) miracles they performed.
The “miracles” are, in my estimation, are like those of Jesus of Nazareth, a pathetic lot, mostly tales of cured illnesses and madness, along with reclamations of “dead” flora and punishments laid upon those who committed evil deeds by acts from Heaven or God: sudden deaths or vile illnesses.
No one brought a tree from the ground in a flash nor did anyone create a building from scratch in a moment of time.
The “miracles” are rather shabby, often the result of natural occurrences that sometimes take place without divine intervention. No one parted the Red Sea, nor raised a person from the dead, although Jesus bringing Lazarus from his (Lazarus’) tomb can be explained, perhaps by a medical etiology.
My point is that miracles need to be miracles: an extraordinary event that belies natural or physical laws as we know them.
In the UFO chronology there are no miracles either.
We have a few mythic tales – Roswell, the Hill’s “abduction,” Socorro, Travis Walton’s “kidnapping” -- but nothing resembling an extraordinary event, witnessed by credible others.
The primary UFO tales that hold our interest are made up of confabulations, hysteria, outright fraud, and human misperceptions. None have the weight of evidence that makes them stand out from prosaic happenings, like those events recounted by Gregory of Tours, who read into mundane activity, natural, often only unusual activity, intervention by God or his Son.
Those UFO tales that continue to resonate have a patina of myth like those of Heracles [Hercules] or Beowulf, a lot of foo-faw but nothing so fantastic that it could be called special or extraordinary.
Many have fallen into disrepute – Rendlesham (the Brit attempt to have its own “Roswellian incident’) – or disinterest – The Phoenix Lights and Stephenville.
There are no miracles, and no extraordinary flying saucer/UFO events, in the literature or held in secret files by governmental militaries. None.