Why the Term “Flying Saucers” Wasn’t “An Historic Misquote”

I think it’s high time we shot one enduringly false UFO meme down. I’m pretty sure most people have heard the standard tale of how the term flying saucers came to be. On June 25, 1947, The East Oregonian ran a brief story by Bill Bequette with the heafline “Impossible! Maybe, But Seein’ Is Believin’,…

Early Fundamentalist Exotheology

Fundamentalism is used as a by-word these days and perhaps much of their reputation is deserved. I used to joke that I was trying to put the “fun” back into fundamentalism because the “duh” and the “mental” were already well covered. Originally, Christian fundamentalism wasn’t about mangling the doctrine of separation to justify a cloistered…

We’re Looking at You, Jaime Maussan: Mummy Experts calls for an End to “Alien” Mummy Fake News 

The following declaration from members of the World Congress of Mummy Studies appeared on their Facebook page in connection with fully human corpses being promoted by Jaime Maussan and Gaia as potentially “alien” mummies.   The day before the declaration was posted, the World Congress on Mummy Studies specifically decried the “investigation” connected with Gaia and Jaimie Maussan with the hashtag #pseudoscience on…

Sci-fi Televangelism – Part 2: A Canon for ET Theism

Fellow science fiction author Dr. Michael Heiser gave a presentation called “Science Fiction: Televangelism for ET Religion” at the 2017 Roswell UFO Festival. Basically, he has set out to demonstrate that sci-fi is isn’t just escapism entertainment but is “deeply theological.” Heiser began with “Elements of the Extraterrestrial Gospel.” This ET Gospel is based on an…

Guy Malone’s “Doctrine of Stated Intent” and Other Bad Arguments Against Aliens 

Over the past few days, I’ve been watching presentations from the Roswell UFO Festival 2017: “70 Years Later: Modern Challenges to the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis.” This particular post concerns a presentation given by RoswellMission.org founder and conference organizer Guy Malone on June 30, 2917, entitled, “Are Aliens Demons? Evidences That Suggest ‘Yes.’” While I may comment…

What Are We Really Looking For?

“What are we really looking for in stories of flying saucers and government cover-ups?” Luke Sharret asks in a July 7, 2017 op-ed for The New York Times entitled, “Roswell’s Mysteries Are Life’s Mysteries.” The short answer is just that: answers. “The longer one is in Roswell, the harder it becomes to avoid trying to…

Sci-fi Televangelism – Part 1: A Cosmic Perspective for Humanity

One of the presentations from the 2017 Roswell UFO Festival (themed “70 Years Later: Modern Challenges to the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis”) that I was most intrigued by a presentation called “Science Fiction: Televangelism for ET Religion.” The speaker, Dr. Michael Heiser, is a fellow science fiction author so I was very much interested in where he would…

Early Christian Views of Flying Saucers: 1947

One of the earliest reports of Christian interpretation of the flying saucer phenomenon came from Kenneth Arnold himself. On June 27, 1947, newspapers across the US ran a story in which Arnold “said that a preacher called him from Texas and informed him that the strange objects Arnold claims to have seen batting through the…

Why ET Probably Doesn’t Need To Be Saved Anyway

By and large, Biblical creationists are anti-alien and they think the Bible forbids the existence of extraterrestrials. I blame Gary Bates. Gary Bates is the CEO of Creation Ministries International and, more importantly, the author of the best-selling book, Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection. While there were anti-alien articles around before his book…

If We Are In A Massive Computer Simulation, Who Is The Programmer?

 I was reading a 2016 feedback article on Creation.com, entitled, “Is the universe a simulation?” when I realized how much the allegedly Biblical principles that modern creationists tout in support of their Earthbound religious perspective have in common with Simulation Hypothesis.  For those of you who don’t know what Simulation Hypothesis is, it’s the idea…

In Which Gary Bates Responds To My Post About Aliens and the Bible

Gary Bates, CEO of Creation Ministries International and the author of the best-selling book Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection, has responded to my previous post, Gary Bates Thinks ET Could Potentially Falsify The Bible. Predictably , he has taken objection to it and to an earlier post refuting his anti-alien arguments called Why ET Probably Doesn’t Need To…

Gary Bates Thinks ET Could Potentially Falsify the Bible

Gary Bates is the CEO of Creation Ministries International and the author of the best-selling book Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection. It is perhaps no surprise that Bates does not believe aliens exist, especially intelligent aliens capable of moral decisions, because he feels the latter could potentially falsify Christianity. During a lecture given…