Atheism and aliens
Clay Routledge Ph.D. wrote in Psychology Today about atheism and belief in aliens:
- "Atheists reject the magical world. No God. No angels and demons. No miracles. And so on. The general position of what is often referred to as the New Atheist movement is that atheists approach life through logic and empirical evidence (science) whereas religious people rely on faith and feelings. Many atheists would argue that they do not believe in something unless there is a good reason for doing so. But is this true?
- I recently started a program of research to answer this and related questions concerning the magical lives of atheists... Atheists may not believe in God, but they seem particularly susceptible to believing that intelligent alien life has visited our planet despite there being no compelling evidence to hold such a belief...
- In the UK, polls suggest that more people believe in UFOs than in God. For example, one recent poll found that about 42% of UK residents believe in UFOs but only 25% believe in God. In general, belief in alien visitors and other fringe magical beliefs such as belief in ghosts seem to be increasing...
- I reliably find an association between religious and alien beliefs in my own research: low religiosity = high belief in intelligent alien life visiting Earth. And when I have focused specifically on atheists, I find that many of them endorse the ideas that aliens are among us and the government is covering this up. For example, in a recent study I found that only about 7% of atheists completely rejected the idea that UFOs are real and well over half of the sample reported some confidence that they are real...
- Based on these and many other findings that I will discuss in future posts, I propose that magical thinking is not an all or nothing concept.
- 1 Irreligious France, the Soviet Union and UFOlogy
- 2 American atheists and belief in aliens
- 3 Irreligion, evolutionary belief, UFOlogy and other pseudoscience
- 4 Bew atheist Richard Dawkins and belief in aliens
- 5 See also
- 6 Notes
Irreligious France, the Soviet Union and UFOlogy
Astronomer Dr. Hugh Ross indicates that ninety-nine percent of what people have told him were UFOs, experienced astronomers can identify as a star, cluster, or other object in the night sky. The 1 percent of sightings, which he calls residual UFOs, have attracted his attention. According to Dr. Ross very few astronomers have seen "residual UFOs".
The following Toledo Blade newspaper excerpt summarizes Dr. Ross's findings:
|“|| In 1969, however, Dr. Ross met two astronomers who were having regular UFO encounters. Both also happened to be involved in occult activity.
Upon investigation, Dr. Ross consistently found a connection between occult involvement and residual UFO encounters. For example, he said, countries with a high degree of occult activity such as Russia during the Soviet era, France, and certain parts of Brazil also had high percentages of UFO encounters. During Russia's Soviet period when every expression of religion except occult activity had been outlawed, he said, “Russians were seeing UFOs at five to eight times the rate Americans were.
American atheists and belief in aliens
See also: American atheism
The Blaze reported:
|“|| According to a poll conducted by Survata, a consumer research firm, 55 percent of atheists and agnostics surveyed said that they believe in alien life, as compared to only 32 percent of Christians.
This essentially means that non-believers are — at least according to this study — 76 percent more likely than Christians to believe that life exists outside of planet Earth.
Irreligion, evolutionary belief, UFOlogy and other pseudoscience
The notions of extraterrestrial life and UFOlogy are fast growing pseudoscientific religions which are perpetuated and/or substantially aided by the ideologies of evolutionists, atheists, liberals and other promoters of quackery. However, the ideologies of extraterrestrial life, UFOlogy, exobiology, evolution and abiogenesis are anti-biblical ideas which are not supported by sound science.
The agnostic and liberal Carl Sagan, an avid smoker of marijuana who claimed that marijuana gave him scientific insights, was a prominent peddler of extraterrestrial life, evolution and other pseudoscientific nonsense.
Christian and Library of Congress researcher's explanations for reports of UFOs
Christian apologists who reject naturalistic explanations of life such as the theory of evolution argue that difficult to explain UFOs are spiritual in nature and not amenable to naturalistic explanation. Gary Bates of Creation Ministries International wrote a book entitled Alien Intrusion which gives a biblical Christian perspective on the unscientific notions of extraterrestrial life and UFUlogy.
Lynn Cato, senior bibliographer for the library of Congress, created a 1600 entry on UFO bibliography for the United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research. After a two-year investigation, in which she reviewed thousands of documents, Catoe stated:
|“||A large part of the available UFO literature...deals with subjects like mental telepathy, automatic writing and invisible entities...poltergeist manifestations and 'possession'....Many of the UFO reports now being published in the popular press recount alleged incidents that are strikingly similar to demonic possession and psychic phenomenon which have long been known to theologians and parapsychologists.||”|
|“||The manifestations and occurrences described in this imposing literature are similar if not entirely identical to the UFO phenomenon itself.||”|
Bew atheist Richard Dawkins and belief in aliens
In the movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, Ben Stein demonstrated the folly of evolutionism in his interview with the evolutionist and New Atheism Richard Dawkins (A clip of the interview has been uploaded to YouTube ).
The Discovery Institute provides an transcript of part of the interview along with some commentary:
|“|| BEN STEIN: "What do you think is the possibility that Intelligent Design might turn out to be the answer to some issues in genetics or in evolution?"
DAWKINS: "Well, it could come about in the following way. It could be that at some earlier time, somewhere in the universe, a civilization evolved, probably by some kind of Darwinian means, probably to a very high level of technology, and designed a form of life that they seeded onto perhaps this planet. Now, um, now that is a possibility, and an intriguing possibility. And I suppose it's possible that you might find evidence for that if you look at the details of biochemistry, molecular biology, you might find a signature of some sort of designer."
Years ago, everybody knew that the earth was flat. Everybody knew that the sun revolved around the earth. Today, everybody knows that life on earth is either the result of random evolution or the work of a supernatural God. Or is it? In "Message from the Designers", Rael presents us with a third option: that all life on earth was created by advanced scientists from another world.
Richard Dawkins and Rael; "clear thinking" kindred spirits! 
- Tarjanyi, Judy. "Astronomer links UFOs to Occultism." The Toledo Blade, January 4, 2003. Retrieved November 3, 2007.
- Atheists Love Aliens by Clay Routledge Ph.D., Psychology Today
- Who’s More Likely to Believe in Alien Life — Atheists or People Who Embrace God?, The Blaze
- Look Who's Irrational Now by Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, Wall Street Journal, September 19, 2008
- Authors unknown. "A UFO 2nd Coming." Let Us Reason Ministries, 2007. Retrieved November 3, 2007.
- Gleghorn, Michael. "UFO's and Alien Beings." Probe Ministries. Retrieved November 3, 2007.