He suggests making clear that life was not necessarily created by the “the God of the Christians and the Jews”:
Instead, it points to the design of some higher, alien species. Say, a race of brilliant beings who live in Alpha Centauri, who have learned how to travel by wormholes. No, there’s no evidence for that, but there’s equally little evidence for the “Multiverse.” That’s a favorite fiction of atheists eager to escape the religious implications of the Big Bang. But that didn’t stop Stephen Hawking from touting it. Okay? It’s not the “Divine Foot” of Yahweh we’re letting in the door. It’s a mysterious alien green foot of a purely natural being. One who doesn’t impose morality on us. Or care if we sleep with our much younger lab assistants… Perhaps if intelligent design advocates stipulated such alien designers, they’d hit much less resistance. Biologists wouldn’t work so desperately hard to avoid the evidence of their eyes. John Zmirak, “At Last, Common Ground for Atheists and Intelligent Design Advocates” at The Stream
Guy’s doubtless kidding. Anyway, people familiar with the scene are
It’s an interesting suggestion. But as Michael Behe noted the other day, Darwinists “are famously slow to recognize problems for their theory.” Why so slow? You have to understand how many careers, and how much of personal image and other factors, are wrapped up with the theory that nature on Earth created itself, only giving the illusory appearance of design. Stipulating actual design by Little Green Men would still be an affront, requiring Darwinists to admit they were wrong, and not about a small matter. This may not be the way forward after all, John. David Klinghoffer, “Peace Through ETs? John Zmirak’s Puckish Proposal” at Evolution News and Science Today:
Klinghoffer’s onto something. Knowledge of the sheer massive intricacy of design in nature grows by the day and the only possible hostile response would now have to be attacking anyone who wants to discuss it seriously. True, the space aliens won’t run afoul of the No Divine Foot rule but if that’s the only problem they solve, they’re not going to shed much light on the nature of nature.
See also: Tales of an Invented God: The most important characteristic of an AI cult is that its gods (Godbots?) will be created by the AI developers and not the other way around
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