Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The Coming Delusion?

If you doubt that the UFO phenomenon is a religion, check out one of the major UFO festivals sometime. People travel great distances to Roswell, New Mexico; McMinnville, Oregon; Kecksburg, Pennsylvania; the Burning Man festival and other places hosting conferences to celebrate the possibility of ETI contact. You’ll generally find a heavy New Age presence at these gatherings. Besides the tarot card readings and healing crystals, a strong desire to meet our “space brothers” is evident among many of the pilgrims who’ve made the journey.

In short, you encounter people searching for answers to the big questions that have haunted humanity since very early in our history: Where do we come from, why are we here, and where do we go when we die?

What you won’t find at these festivals—at least, not to our knowledge—are seminars on astrophysics, aerospace engineering, or advanced mathematics. If the point of these conferences is to explore whether we’ve been contacted, what the ETIs want, and ways to visit Zeta Reticuli, shouldn’t the how of all this be part of the discussion? Wouldn’t NASA or some of the big defense contractors have booths to recruit promising young talent?

Instead, it seems that ETs’ presence on Earth is a given, the potential threat of a hostile ETI is downplayed (in spite of the abduction accounts of Betty and Barney Hill, Travis Walton, and others), and the main question on everyone’s mind is when the United States government will stop playing coy and show the world what’s stashed at Area 51 and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Because then we’ll finally know.

Know what, exactly?

To listen to the evangelists of the ancient alien gospel, who have been preaching regularly on American cable television networks for more than a decade, we’ll finally know where we came from, why we’re here, and where we go when we die.

In other words, the answers we Christians hold in our hands every time we pick up a Bible. Why aren’t UFO seekers looking there?

We shouldn’t be surprised that belief in ET has been growing in America over the last seventy years. For at least twice that long, most of our leading thinkers in the secular realm have embraced modernist and postmodernist thought. We’ll deal with the implications of these philosophies in an upcoming entry, but in a nutshell: Modernists believe that science is the only reliable tool for finding truth, while postmodernists, on the other hand, believe truth is unknowable.



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