YOU really won’t believe this one. We found it in what seems to be a press release: Christian Symposium Offers Different Take on Aliens at Roswell UFO Festival. The bold font was added by us:
ROSWELL, New Mexico, May 12 /Christian Newswire/ — Alien Resistance, a Christian counter-cult outreach ministry, will hold an all-Christian-speaker Symposium on aliens during the annual Roswell UFO Festival July 3-5th, 2009. The 11 participants include 4 PhDs, 2 doctorates of ministry, 2 pastors, 2 ordained ministers, and several pastoral counselors, with 12 books written between them on the UFO/Alien topic. The Symposium will educate on the UFO/alien topic from a Biblical Christian perspective, with emphasis on counter-cult evangelism, creationism, and spiritual warfare. The event is free for the public to attend, and will be held at the Best Western Sally Port Inn Ballroom. Tens of thousands of people interested in the UFO/Alien topic are expected to attend the Roswell UFO/Alien Festival this year.
It’s not surprising that they have an emphasis on creationism. Hey, if you were planning on being in Roswell for the 4th of July, you may want to drop in on this event.
Here’s one more excerpt:
Organizers assert that, “From a Biblical Christian perspective it becomes clear that ‘aliens’ are actually the evil spirits of the Bible. This idea is backed up experientially with the evidence of numerous testimonies of ‘abductees’, which show that ‘alien abduction’ experiences stop in the name and authority of Jesus Christ. Also the sinful behaviors of the ‘aliens’ behind abductions, the false gospels and new age messages they proclaim, and their supernatural powers so very reminiscent of those described in the Bible as being had by angels, all adds up to make clear that ‘aliens’ are in fact the evil spirits of the Bible.”
If you want to … ah, probe into this more deeply, there’s a link to the promoter’s homepage: Christian Symposium on Aliens. It’s a dreadful-looking site, which starts out like this:
VISION: To present Biblical evidence that the phenomena and entities commonly referred to as “aliens” by popular culture are indeed spiritual in nature — opposed to genuinely extra-terrestrial — and is best described as the activity of “fallen angels” intent on deceiving mankind away from a knowledge of the true God and gospel of His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
MISSION: To assemble many of most noted Christian authors and researchers in the field of “alien” research, so that others may benefit from their consensus view and combined decades of research and ministry, and thus equip The Body of Christ to not be deceived by these “…seducing spirits and doctrines of devils” (1 Tim 4:1) and perhaps most importantly, to effectively minister to those currently bound and tormented by their influence.
They list all the speakers, with a brief description of their credentials. It’s quite an assemblage of characters. You really ought to click over there and check this out. One of the speakers is Gary Bates, CEO of Creation Ministries International. That’s probably the outfit that recently settled a long-running suit against Ken Ham’s Answers in Genesis. See: Creationist legal dispute resolved.
Wow! This operation looks like they’ve gone out of their way to tie together every bizarre idea ever conceived. Another speaker is Guy Malone, who “began his ministry in the UFO field spurred by the mass-suicide of the Heaven’s Gate UFO cult.“
You may think these people are a bit — shall we say — daft, but to us they don’t seem all that different from any other creationists. Once one veers off the straight highway of rationality, there’s no way to claim that one path is worse than any other. It’s all wilderness.
Reminder: Mark your calendar. July 4th. See you in Roswell!
[Related post: Creationist Wisdom #109: SETI.]
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