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on 26 September 2009
"Fatima Revisited: The Apparition Phenomenon in Ufology, Psychology and Science", is the 3rd and final volume of a trilogy of books (in English) whose primary author is Portuguese professor/writer Joachim Fernandes, with some volumes co-authored by writer Fina D'Armada. These two authors have been among Portugal's most prominent resident UFOlogists for close to the last 30 years.

The core theme of all 3 Volumes is to seek to co-opt and displace the well-known Fatima, Portugal visionary events of 1917 from one of a religious derivation, to one of UFOlogy origins. This is done by attempting a case that although the authors agree that stupendous events did indeed occur there on October 13, 1917, they were in reality a major example of a visit to Earth by extraterrestrials in UFOs. Furthermore, they submit that they could not be the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Lord Jesus, as the Catholic Church has supported and promulgated as "worth of belief" for close to the last 80 years. The authors and promoters strive to buildup interest and credibility for this particular book series by highlighting their document research at the Fatima archives in 1978. They recite often the "we saw the original documents" mantra.

"Fatima Revisited..." This last volume is mainly a compilation of essays from several of other top UFOlogists, an anthology of the world of the paranormal phenomena if you will, especially as it relates to the murky subject of UFOs and E.T.s. at Fatima. Some of the authors try to present a balanced view of their theories, but several of them also have a literary style that is consistent with the fundamental construction of the overall trilogy itself. This means that some sections are fraught with opinions, perceptions, and possibilities that are stated in a manner as if they are indisputable facts. Something reminiscent is often treated as something akin to empirical evidence that guarantees their own versions of the events.

This opinion of mine above is similar to statements that authors Dr Jacques F. Vallee and Dr Eric W. Davis have offered in their essay chapter of this very volume; namely, (paraphrasing) that UFOlogists have consistently ignored or minimized seemingly absurd behaviors that contradict the view of an extraterrestrial involvement and have selectively used data that fits their own plans or versions of the event's theory. Well said!...Drs. Vallee and Davis. This captures one of the main points of all of my critical reviews of this trilogy set; there is nothing in this entire set of volumes that I have read that I have agreed with more.!!

To any believers of UFOlogy reading this, my critical review is not directed toward those who steadfastly embrace a belief system of extraterrestrials visiting Earth in UFOs. My main point has been that the principal authors of this trilogy have not produced any credible or compelling evidence that E.T.s were responsible for the well-known events of Fatima in 1917, but have instead used sloppy, sophistic, and distortion producing methods in an attempt to do so.

It is definitely not a work of careful, straightforward, definitive research that begins by assuming nothing as established fact and allows empirical evidence to build its way to the truth, as regards the stupendous events that occurred at Fatima in 1917.

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