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Why naturalist atheists need space aliens

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But not a God, with moral rules. From campus pastor Peter Burfeind at The Federalist:

Lacking any evidence of an actual alien, Hollywood’s aliens speak more about the modern psyche fueling the imaginations of their designers.

The aliens in “Arrival” look like tree trunks. Get it? The trees are coming to tell us to work together. (They might acquaint themselves with the rock group Rush to get the full story.) I can’t imagine that has anything to do with the dreamy fantasies of environmentalists.

Or again, the alien in “Alien” (1979), fetal in appearance, antagonizes the crew and their ship’s computer, “Mother,” until it gets sucked out of the ship. Wow, can’t imagine that had anything to do with a culture hiding from the moral horror of abortion, as E. Michael Jones brilliantly observed in his must-read “Monsters from the Id” (2000).

This is all wonderful, fun stuff to help us probe the curiosities of the modern human psyche. But in the end, the phantasmic reality of aliens on the silver screen only serves as an escape from facing the Fermi Paradox, reminding us to what extent people will go to prop up the delusions of modernity.

Where are the aliens? They don’t exist, because if they did, they’d be all over the place. The fact they don’t exist tosses a huge Molotov conundrum into modernist epistemology. More.

Yes, that’s the worst part. The aliens don’t exist, God probably does, and other people definitely do. Hence all the weirdness.

See also: Astrophysicist: No, space aliens are never the answer to mystery radio signals

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How do we grapple with the idea that ET might not be out there?

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Actually, it’s all kind of ridiculous, isn’t it?

3 Replies to “Why naturalist atheists need space aliens

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    Many atheists believe (hope?) that extraterrestrial intelligence commonly exists in the universe, and that at least some of these beings have existed for millions of years and acquired levels of knowledge and technology far beyond ours.

    Nothing new there.

    What surprises me, however, is that these same atheists think that contact with such beings depends on us finding them… as if such advanced beings could not locate us on their own.

    The more likely scenario is that such beings – if they exist – have already mapped out the universe and know exactly who, where, and what we are.

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    Silver Asiatic says:

    They might acquaint themselves with the rock group Rush to get the full story.

    I’m familiar with Rush but not the reference. Did they have a song on that topic?

    Or again, the alien in “Alien” (1979), fetal in appearance, antagonizes the crew and their ship’s computer, “Mother,” until it gets sucked out of the ship. Wow, can’t imagine that had anything to do with a culture hiding from the moral horror of abortion, as E. Michael Jones brilliantly observed in his must-read “Monsters from the Id” (2000).

    Such an amazing insight on that movie. And yes, to E. Michael Jones’s book also, and his others, as controversial as some can be. Tremendous insights on modern culture’s reflection of moral confusion.

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    mike1962 says:

    I don’t see how the idea of aliens-as-our-creators saves the “atheists” from morality. I imagine if such aliens/creators exist, they indeed have a morality in mind for the inhabitants of this planet, and will eventually enforce it.

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