August 04, 2015

Review: The Paranormal Conspiracy by Timothy Dailey

Dailey, Timothy. The Paranormal Conspiracy: The Truth About Ghosts, Aliens, and Mysterious Beings (Chosen Books, 2015), 208 pp.

Western culture has taken a turn for the strange. If you don't believe me, just turn on the television. Wildlife and World War II documentaries have been replaced by shows about bigfoot and UFOs. The travel channel has its own ghost-hunting show. What accounts for this fascination with all things fortean? Is there something sinister at work behind this cultural zeitgeist? What are Christians to make of these phenomena? The Paranormal Conspiracy is author Timothy Dailey's attempt to answer these questions.

These strange phenomena, disparate as they may seem, share at least two things in common. First, they leave little or no physical evidence (p. 44) despite an abundance of credible eyewitness testimony (p.41). Second, they are "accompanied by phenomena traditionally associated with demonic activity" (p. 45). According to Dailey, this is because they are part of a Satanic plot "to subvert the rational [Judeo-Christian] view of the world through mysterious entities that thrive on instability, confusion, and fear" (p. 16).

The purveyors of the paranormal, Daily claims, offer their followers "deception and perfidy . . . cloaked as revelation" (p. 17). Whether they take the form of deceased loved ones or extraterrestrial visitors, their message remains strikingly similar (cf. pp. 61-62,74-75, 124-125). Those seduced by these inhuman entities and their dangerous doctrines are left scarred and shattered, disillusioned and destroyed. Such stories are interspersed throughout the book.

The Paranormal Conspiracy is a rare book. It offers a well-written and rational analysis of an interesting but unusual topic from an Evangelical Christian perspective. My only criticism is that the book feels a bit disjointed at times due to the juxtaposition of multiple, seemingly unrelated topics and narratives. Though The Paranormal Conspiracy isn't perfect, it meets a growing need within the field of Christian apologetics. Highly recommended.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

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