Ancient Aliens pundit Giorgio Tsoukalos was asked on Twitter yesterday whether he believes in God, to which he replied that he does, but not the God of Christianity. He further clarified his position, asserting that the ancient astronaut hypothesis, which he calls the “ancient astronaut theory” or AAT, makes no claims on contemporary religion:
This appears to derive from his mentor Erich von Däniken’s stated position, which is that God exists but that the true God is that of Jesus, not the Old Testament or other ancient scriptures, which mistakenly describe extraterrestrials. (Of course von Däniken originally tried to make Jesus an alien, too, until his publisher convinced him to think better of offending his readers.)
But I take issue with the claim that the ancient astronaut hypothesis has “nothing” to do with “modern-day worship.” Consider the following:
This does not count the polytheistic pantheons of native peoples worldwide whose mythologies have been strip-mined for ancient astronaut books and Ancient Aliens. Nevertheless, such peoples as the Australian aborigines, the Polynesians, and Native Americans continue to exist, and many continue to worship their traditional gods. Most directly relevant: The Dogon people, whose myths were fabricated into the Sirius Mystery about space frogs from Sirius, still exist, still engage in traditional religion, and therefore are impacted directly by claims that their faith is a fraud born of aliens in disguise.
Giorgio Tsoukalos may want us to think that the ancient astronaut hypothesis is concerned only with the dead and dormant mythologies of vanished peoples and is therefore nothing but impact-free, fun speculation, but as put forward by Tsoukalos, von Däniken, and others, it makes clear and direct claims about the identity of beings worshiped by “modern-day” peoples. It is therefore not “fun” but a direct challenge the spiritual beliefs of, by my count, at least three billion of earth’s seven billion people…though I may be undercounting somewhat. He may believe that all gods but his are false, but the ancient astronaut hypothesis certainly has something to say about those gods, and thus their "modern-day worship."
11/22/2012 05:50:45 am
That's an aspect of this that I never really though about.
11/23/2012 06:47:21 am
Some interesting insight into potential repercussions of truly believing AAT as dogma. I wonder what percentage of AAT believers also have Christian (or other!) beliefs that are truly impacted by the theories of AAT, and they simply didn't identify the polar opposite beliefs of AAT and their religious beliefes.
11/23/2012 06:59:30 am
Those are two great questions. I'd venture that most ancient astronaut believers are also religious. Although I have no way of knowing this, I can't imagine that the 2 million who watch Ancient Aliens (of whom only a fraction are true believers) are also all among America's atheists. I think it's an important reason that Ancient Aliens and ancient astronaut books shy away from attributing Christianity to aliens. The closest most come is the occasional suggestion that the Star of Bethlehem was a UFO.
4/13/2013 08:38:57 am
I cannot speak for all, but as someone who follows a Pagan Spiritual path, legends of "star people" are well known and accepted. Just as there is little evidence of our Pagan faith left in Western Europe, (thank you Christian "saviors" for destroying most of our legacy and history) I would certainly believe that they would do the same for any evidence or relics which may have been left from "Star People". The reality is, believing in "Star People" debunks the "big 3" religions, Truly, if any sound, irrefutable proof of aliens, in any time period, would throw a major wrench into most organized religion. There are things that you can prove, and things you know, there are things you believe but cannot prove, all religions fall into this category.
4/26/2017 02:07:13 am
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