H. Downing is a pastor of Northminster
New York, and is past
moderator of the Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley.
earned a B.A. degree in Physics
from Hartwick College, a
B.D. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary,
and a Ph.D. degree from University
of Edinburgh, Scotland, in
1966, where he specialized
in the relation between natural science and Christian
theology. Studying in Edinburgh under the supervision
of Prof. John McIntyre and Prof. T. F. Torrance, his dissertation
was entitled "Eschatological
Implications of the Understanding of Time and Space in
the Thought of Isaac Newton."
Downing is the author of the
Bible and Flying Saucers,
J. B. Lippincott (1968), Avon Books (1970 and 1973), SphereBooks
Ltd. (1974), and Berkley Books (1989). He has been a Consultant
in theology for over 22 years. He has published papers
in the following MUFON
UFO Symposium Proceedings:
"UFOS As a Religious Phenomena"
(1972), "Some Questions
Concerning Dr. Menzel's Biblical Exegesis"
(1973), "Religion and UFOs"
(1974), "Faith, Theory and
UFOs" (1981), "UFOs:
Four Questions for Theological Seminaries"
(1988), and "ET Contact:
The Religious Dimension (1991). He also contributed
several articles to The Encyclopedia
of UFOs, edited by Ronald Story.
is presently on the national board of directors for the
for UFO Research (FUFOR),
Mount Rainier, Maryland, and is listed in the second edition
of Who's Who in Religion.
He and his wife Kathleen have three sons.
MUFON 1994 International UFO Symposium