The early Christian scribes must have been engaged is some kind of internecine holy war which saw the principle of ‘one-up-manship’ fully in operation! First,
It is obvious that Lipton deliberately destroyed his career as a lecturer in legitimate biology, because he thought that the path of peddling false hope to a poorly informed or disparate audience possessed the potential to make him far more money – and this certainly has been the case.
In the later episodes, the USA itself is presented as a ‘special’ god-protected country that has a predestined mission on Earth. Of course, this is merely a reworking of the Judeo-Christian myth whereby America is viewed as another Israel, and Americans simply as more Israelites. America is the chosen country on Earth and all of its history is interpreted as being comprised of events caused by extra-terrestrials who want to protect and guide the development of its culture. This gives the gloss that any act of vicious US imperialism in the world is automatically elevated above its actual motivation of greed, and into the category of divine revelation.
Like the religious zealot who is continuously trying to gain converts for his or her religion, the Ancient Astronaut Theorist is continuously reacting to those who do not accept their interpretation of history, and they dichotomise the world into the ‘believers’ and ‘heretics’. This is no different to religious thinking modified to serve the purpose of perpetuating yet another myth – namely that of the early visitation to the earth by ancient astronauts.
The Twelve Divisions of the Mahayana Canon are: