Interesting, isn’t it, that there is a different standard for UFO believers?
Saltzman starts by reviewing the case of a parishioner who repeatedly attempted to proselytize about UFOs and ancient astronauts at church, and his efforts to engage the man in a logical discussion of the evidence for ancient aliens. He discovered that the arguments were simply circular: the ancient astronaut theory proves aliens exist; the likely existence of many alien worlds makes the ancient astronaut idea a near-certainty.
As a result, Saltzman decided to teach a class on the Bible and UFOs, and he reports his surprise at how interested parishioners were in the subject. At his next parish assignment, he repeated the six-session course, with similar results.
It taught me pastors should be alert to the pseudoscientific weird factor in American life, the influence it has upon some of our parishioners, and the questions arising from the weirdness that people find just ordinarily intriguing. There is hardly any doubt in my mind that not a little of it has drifted into the pews, the simple perplexity honest Christians feel when trying to make sense of things in the context of their faith. Assailed by ancient alien gods, how does an interested Christian sort it through? With the pastor’s help, I hope.
Adam and Eve and that garden thing, really? It made no sense to him, unless they were part of an alien genetic experiment. The old story no longer carried any freight for the guy, and, well, Darwin was too cold and impersonal. He needed a story, a deep story, and since the one he was given didn’t work anymore, he found one that did.