No, I’m not talking about this kind of alien work of God. Instead, I want to talk about how it seems that I’ve always had aliens on the brain.
I mentioned two weeks ago that my earliest forays into writing revolved around aliens. Most of my earliest work had to do with aliens in some way, shape, or form. As a matter of fact, those lousy speculative fiction books I mentioned usually included a story about aliens and how said aliens might fit into God’s salvation plan. Just a decade ago, I was working on a sci-fi trilogy about aliens, but more on that in future posts.
And I know I’m not the only one with aliens on the brain. Recently the White House released a statement that said that the United States government has never been contacted by aliens, nor did the government have any UFOs tucked away in hidden hangers. What prompted this revelation? Someone submitted a survey asking for whatever information the President had and tens of thousands of people signed it.
Not only that, but I recently spotted a news article about how some researchers have come up with a new method for looking for intelligent alien life: look for the light pollution of their major cities. And they’ve got lots of places to look. It seems like every month scientists announce that they’ve found more and more planets orbiting far-flung stars, including a few in their star’s Goldilocks zone.
So I guess the question is this: is it possible that we’re not alone? Could there be aliens out there, potentially even sentient aliens? And if there are, what would that mean for the Christian?
Just to be clear, I’m not really interested in the current spate of alien abduction stories that circulate out there. Far too often, those stories are revealed to be hoaxes or someone’s imagination running away with them (although Jeff Gerke, writing as Jefferson Scott, once presented an interesting “white paper” on the subject of alien abductions that I found very thought-provoking). Truth be told, I find it hard to believe that if an alien society developed interstellar travel, they’d spend all their time abducting people in remote parts of the world and probing them. Just saying.
That still leaves the question: could there be alien life out there? The universe is a vast place, and we’ve already seen on Earth that life can show up in the strangest of places and the strangest of forms.
But rather than just dive into the topic right now, how about this: what’s your opinion? I’ll share mine in the coming weeks, but right now, I’d like to know: do you think it’s possible? Why or why not? And if it is possible, what does that mean?