1. I love this series, Travis.

    I related in another comment that I hated the movie Prometheus but that had more to do with the philosophical bents of the movie (which in other medium, I would have been fine with. I just wanted to see an alien burst through someone’s chest and that didn’t happen until the end — lame!) as it relates to the same old song that we’re not really special. Prometheus makes Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, by the end of the movie, try to hold on to her faith in ‘God’ even though evidence points to a god that hates us. Hates us so much he snaps folks’ necks.

    So much for a loving god, eh?

    Further, the Progenitors in the movie Covenant (sorry, spoilers here) they’re looking forward to our destruction as humans. I mean, that actually makes sense. They were on around some council table at the Progenitor homeworld, sipping on black brew, saying, “Yeah man, that human thing. We need to scratch. Totally messed up that one.”

    Yet, God does not regret (for the lack of a better term) the creation of man when we fall. He doesn’t destroy us. He comes down as a human (unlike the aliens we have ‘come up’ to) and saves us.

    As you note in your post, a lot of these ancient aliens aren’t spectacular. They may or may not look like us. They have better tech (supposedly) and we’re just mimicking them until one day, we’ll run around on another planet, dropping DNA life balls by accident before the bus leaves to carry us home. They aren’t special. And if you’re not special or unique, just an accident or a purposeless product of mindless process, then none of your individual aspirations, or struggles mean anything.

    The alien idea of God, as a Creator, who made each us special and unique, who isn’t simply a projection of our ‘exalted selves’ flies in the face of this type of nihilistic rhetoric.

    I hope I didn’t ramble on too much.

    • Travis Perry says:

      Yeah, again, it’s impossible to make sense of the new Alien movies without realizing Ridley Scott is seriously attacking God with all he’s got. Yes, the creators in Prometheus are literally a plus-sized version of human beings (though with a creepy predilection for ribs inside their spacecraft) and are FAR from being loving or wise or just like the God of the Bible is. Of course, they fall short of being believable if you really think about them. But I really believe Scott hopes to sway people who find intelligent design plausible into saying to themselves, “Well, yes, there is evidence for a creator–but that doesn’t mean that the creator is good or I should worship him.”

      This is of course why understanding these things really matter. A spiritual war is going on, and is being fought to a large extent in the ideas and understandings of human beings. And yes, one purpose the enemy has in these ancient alien notions is to convince people that we human beings do not really matter–therefore there is no reason we should refrain from thinking we cannot do whatever we want (especially in terms of gratifying our lusts).

      Thanks for your comments, Parker. I really appreciate them.

  2. HG Ferguson says:

    Both of you — Travis, Parker — have nailed it. “Aliens” are indeed the new “gods” today, cast in our own flawed and fallen image, and nihilism is precisely where you end up by doing so. Superb analysis and so sadly true.

    • Travis Perry says:

      Yes, aliens are the new gods…though efforts to revive the old gods of paganism are also ongoing. It’s really astounding how many Neo-Pagans there are in the world. Not to mention the rise in Eastern Mysticism as well.

      ANYTHING but the God of the Bible is the direction the world is going. Which is not really new, since Satan has been around for some time now–but rebellion against God has taken on new aspects in recent years.

  3. notleia says:

    I think half the reason Ancient Aliens was/is on for 12 years is that it’s cheap to produce by recycling the same footage a dozen times with different voiceovers and then paying Crazy Hair with the producers’ leftover weed.
    (I’m pretty sure this is how they produce Pawn Stars, too [Chumlee gets the weed])

    • Travis Perry says:

      Well…it IS a cheap show to produce. But people also watch it. I know some people who actually very much believe in ancient alien intervention in the past of the human race…

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