It’s a bit frustrating sometimes when your book is apparently The Most Hated Book in Creationism… especially when no one particularly engages the arguments in said book and resorts to insults and appeals to authority instead. Truth isn’t always well-received.
Still, I’m not exactly looking to be an exotheological martyr so I was pleasantly surprised to read the very first actual review of Strangers and Aliens:
Around the time of NASA’a TRAPPIST-1 exoplanet announcement, I ran across a curious verse from the Bible: “[God] fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited” (Isaiah 45:18). Some Christians were taking that verse to mean that only the Earth will have life on it, and that no other planets ever will, including TRAPPIST-1e. Now, I’m an evangelical Christian, but I found that kind of commentary to be faulty. A Google search of Isaiah 45:18 and exoplanets led me to Tony’s blog – about Creationism and aliens. I didn’t think anyone blogged about this! After reading some of his posts I quickly bought his book, and loved it.
The underlying premise of “Strangers and Aliens” is that within Creationist thinking, there can be a rush to judgement when it comes to discussions on the possibility of alien life. As in, there’s usually an outright dismissal of the possibility. Probably, this is a reaction to the Evolutionist agenda which asserts there definitely, absolutely MUST be alien life, and therefore evolution is true. Both extremes are built on faulty logic, but it’s fellow Bible-believing Christians whom the author addresses: “Some Christians are trying to support certain truth claims with bad logic, even though they tell us to watch out for such fallacies in the arguments of evolutionists. Truth is not built upon logical fallacies.” (from Chapter 15). The heart of this book is that the Church should not present stumbling blocks to the gospel by taking hard stances on shaky grounds, as one day they may be disproven.
I appreciated the author’s cool-headed analysis and rebuttal of these fallacies, such as Arguments from Silence (the main one), Arguments from Authority, Arguments of Irrelevant Conclusions, and so on. He also has an interesting take on why the Bible is silent on the subject of extraterrestrials, but also what theological issues could arise should aliens be discovered. Finally, the author affirms the value of speculative fiction, and issues a clarion call for Christians to write more sci-fi: “Imagination is the chief gift God has given us to set us apart from the animals” (from chapter 2). If you’re a fellow Christian who loves Star Trek, astronomy, exoplanets or simply looks at the stars in wonder, you’ll enjoy this book.
Buy your copy today and discover the truth about UFOs, Aliens and the Bible. And if you’ve already read the book, consider leaving a review of your own to let folks know what you thought of it.