Alien Church (TWO)

Public opinion polling indicates that over 36% of Americans believe that extraterrestrials exist.  That’s almost as many who voted in the 2012 Presidential election!  In order to appeal to a laspockrger voting block, maybe presidential hopefuls should start making campaign promises to reveal the classified information on aliens and UFO research.  Can you imagine the TV ratings?  Live debates would be wildly anticipated, especially if Spock was behind one of the podiums!

Governments and aliens are old news.  However, “church and aliens” is making recent news these days.  You probably never thought of putting the two words together, have you?  Though atheists make up the largest group of E.T. believers (55%), people of faith are not far behind.  Here’s the breakdown:

  • 44% of Muslims
  • 37% of Jews
  • 36% of Hindus
  • 32% of Christians

Of the Christians, more than one third of the Eastern Orthodox faithful (41%), Roman Catholics (37%), Methodists (37%), and Lutherans (35%) profess belief in extraterrestrial life.  Only the Baptists (29%) fall below the one-third threshold, however, just barely.  Are you surprised by the numbers?  That’s an average of almost 36%; the same percentage of E.T. believers in the general American population!

Belief in aliens is not so “fringe” after all, is it?  And… it’s on the rise.


 Pope Francis + Billy Graham + E.T. = ???

In the summer of ’08, the Vatican issued a statement saying that belief in aliens doesn’t negate faith in God.  Father Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory was quoted as saying the vastness of the universe means it is possible that there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones.

“How can we rule out that life may have developed elsewhere?”  Funes said. “Just as we consider earthly creatures as ‘a brother,’ and ‘sister,’ why should we not talk about an ‘extraterrestrial brother’?  It would still be part of creation.”

Adding to the growing controversy, Pope Francis (whom I like and respect greatly) recently said that he would welcome martians being baptized (May 2014).

“If—for example—tomorrow an expedition of Martians came, and some of them came to us, here… Martians, right? Green, with that long nose and big ears, just like children paint them… And one says, ‘But I want to be baptized!’ What would happen?  When the Lord shows us the way, who are we to say, ‘No, Lord, it is not prudent! No, let’s do it this way…’” (source)

If you think Pope Francis is off his rocker, you might just have to think the same about the famed Protestant evangelist Billy Graham:

“I firmly believe there are intelligent beings like us far away in space who worship God… we would have nothing to fear from these people.  Like us, they are God’s creation.”  (source)


Want to learn more about the debate religion is having with the possibility of aliens?  Check these articles out:
Did Jesus Save the Klingons?
How Would Christianity Deal With Extraterrestrial Life?
What Different Religions Say About Aliens

It’s a big day for E.T.!

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The Church of the Paranormal

DESPITE OUR REPUTATION AS A SCIENCE-MINED SUPERPOWER, AMERICA HAS ALWAYS HAD A PREDILECTION FOR THE UNSEEN!

Don’t be shy. Depending on your poll of choice, anywhere from a third to nearly half of you either believe in ghosts or are pretty sure you do. And if not ghosts, then aliens, mediums, or astrology, for which belief has either held steady or risen over the last couple of decades. More than two-thirds of Americans hold at least one paranormal—unsanctioned by religion—belief, according to the Baylor Religion Survey. That’s more than voted in the 2012 presidential election.

It’s not just belief: everywhere you look in the United States today, the supernatural is more culturally important, more acceptable, and just … more than it’s ever been before. Paranormal-themed media of all types have surged, in fiction obviously, but also in non-fiction too, where the past few years have brought us everything from The Most Terrifying Places in America to Psychic Tia to The Monster Project. Then there are the Bigfoot hunts, the ghost hunting tool reviews, the UFO spotting iPhone apps—we can’t get enough of this stuff.

This should come as no surprise. Despite our reputation as a science-minded superpower, America has always had a predilection for the unseen. It has ebbed and flowed with us for as long as this nation has existed, in the form of the 18th-century pilgrim mystics, the domesticated poltergeists that knocked on command in the 19th, and even in the academically inclined parapsychologists of the 20th. Whether you believe in these ideas or not is almost immaterial: the paranormal is an inescapable ingredient in the American identity that has shaped and been shaped by our…

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Many a minister has been approached with “ghostly” stories before service, after service, during counseling, in emails and texts, on phone calls late at night, while street-side, at the coffee house, in the hospital, after funerals, everywhere and all the time. And no matter what the Sunday sermon is about, people come to church weekly, find their seats, and sit quietly with the following often on their minds:

  • Why do I keep having the same dream over and over?
  • I’m hearing strange noises at night. Doors open that were closed and locked; lights turn on and off.
  • My son swears his recently deceased wife appeared to him and encouraged him to get on with his life.
  • There’s a new coworker who is convinced she once knew me in a past life. Even though I don’t believe in that sort of thing, I can’t shake the feeling that we did know one another at one time.
  • One night, my uncle was blinded by a bright light. There was no sound; it just appeared, forced him off the road, hovered, and then disappeared in a flash.
  • My cousin is convinced there are aliens, and they’re on the planet right now! I don’t know what to say to her.
  • I’m hooked on a new vampire novel. It’s sucked me in and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. Why do I like vampires so much?
  • My kids are crazy about fantasy movies and games with characters that have various magical superpowers. Actually, I like them too. Should I be concerned? Is this ok?

For centuries the Church has waged battle with these “spiritual” matters. More often than not, the terms “demonic” and “occultic” have been used to both…

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