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Signs on the Earth: Deciphering the Message of Virgin Mary Apparitions, UFO Encounters, and Crop Circles
By Richard Leviton
When The Da Vinci Code became a bestseller, conspiracy theorists everywhere sighed collectively in defeat. There goes the neighborhood, they said. Next thing you know, housewives will be reading Holy Blood, Holy Grail.
Just because a third-rate suspense novelist ruined a perfectly good crackpot religious theory, don't assume that the soil is barren. There's still Richard Leviton, who believes that appearances of the Virgin Mary, UFO sightings and all those damn crop circles are intimately connected.
Worldwide apocalypse is inevitable, Leviton argues in this book, but it might not be so bad. Maybe we're evolving. And maybe the Mary sightings, UFOs and crop circles are learning exercises, phenomena designed to alter our consciousness by more highly evolved beings (who live in the Ursa Major constellation, by the way).
Yeah. Well, it won't sound so crazy after Dan Brown writes a book about it, and Tom Hanks stars in the movie.