The Fermi Paradox: Looking for Smoke Signals in a Cell Phone Universe

The Fermi Paradox has plagued folks who ponder the possibility of intelligent extraterrestrial life ever since Enrico Fermi asked the question, “Where is everybody?” I think it’s time we admit how presumptuous his question is. Recently, I read another xenophobic article by Gary Bates, entitled (rather unimaginatively) The Fermi Paradox. One of his points is…

Dissolving the Fermi Paradox? Guess Again

A new study by Anders Sandberg, Eric Drexler and Toby Ord at the Future of Humanity Institute (Oxford) suggests that we are probably alone in the observable universe. The study, entitled “Dissolving the Fermi Paradox,” was published on June 6 on Arxiv, a server for sharing science papers that have yet to be peer-reviewed. That…

Does Demonic Deception Lurk Behind the UFO Phenomenon?

A few weeks prior to the release of his xenophobic documentary, Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a Deception, Gary Bates was given space to write himself an “ad-itorial” in Charisma Magazine. In “Demonic Deception Lurks Behind This Widespread Phenomenon,” Gary Bates writes: “I grew up as a science-fiction fan, and I can recall the religious impact it…

Ancient Aliens in a Creationist Worldview

On November 19, 2009, a commenter named Tristan V. of Australia challenged one of the premises of Gary Bates’ article, “Did God create life on other planets?” “Hello, I wanted to comment on this paragraph: ‘Or, their creation is much older than the 6,000 years of the biblical six-day timeframe; the aliens were created before…

Is a Rare Earth a Powerful Test of the Creation/Evolution Models of Origins?

Dr. Danny Faulkner has received criticism on this site for proposing that an absence of extraterrestrial life is a powerful test of the creation model of origins against the evolution model. He expresses this belief most clearly in an article entitled, “Can Life Exist on Other Planets?” published in the October 2009 issue of the…

Famous Creation Scientists Who Believed in Aliens

“Tony Breeden, we know about your lone wolf views on aliens. Go and troll somewhere else.” This comment was fired at me by an admin on the Alien Intrusion movie’s Facebook page and rather quickly deleted thereafter (Yes, I have a screenshot), but I wanted to comment on that whole “lone wolf” notion. I believe…

No Big Bang, No Aliens?

One of the biggest errors in the Alien Intrusion movie is the idea that without the Big Bang there could be no aliens. In the film, Dr Jonathan Sarfati says: “Now, here is the key point. This Big Bang Theory is a central to the idea of alien life populating our universe. No Big Bang, no alien…

Would We Believe in the Possibility of Alien Life Without the Theory of Evolution?

A May 31, 2006 article by Gary Bates and David Catchpoole on Creation.com caught my attention a while back. It was called “ET Needed Evolution.” Notably, it’s now cited as a linked resource for Session 2 in the Discussion Guide for the Alien Intrusion movie. I hadn’t yet written Strangers & Aliens but I had read Gary Bates’ Alien Intrusion: UFOs…

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…

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…