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Science, Fiction And Religion: About Real And Raelian Possible Worlds

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After 1973 Raël actively started to spread the Message of the Elohim and created a transnational religious movement - the International Raelian Movement which publicly cries out science as the core of its religion. The object of this article is to analyze the elements that make up Raelian cosmology, considering that these elements are derived from &t;real&t; scientific developments on the one hand and science fiction on the other hand. It provides evidence of how narrowly the Raelian cosmology is tied up with the modern project when taken to its ultimate consequences. To better understand Raelian ideas, it highlights two of the key concepts related to science fiction literature: the theme of biological robots and questions of reproduction and sexuality. Through the sacralization of science, Raelian cosmology shapes a totalitarian version of modernity, emptying it from all tensions and conflicts.

Keywords: biological robots; Message of the Elohim; Raelian cosmology; science fiction literature; sexuality

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