ICR Discusses Aliens Again

A few weeks ago we wrote Almost Half the World Believes in Aliens. It was about the results of a poll conducted in 24 countries involving more than 26,000 people. We predicted that it would upset the creationists, because it showed:

• 61% of people believe that there is some form of life on other planets. 17% rule this out and only 22% say that they don’t know.

• 47% of people believe in the existence of intelligent alien civilizations in the universe. 26% rule this out and 28% say that they don’t know.

• 25% believe that the first form of life on earth arrived here from another place in the universe. 39% do not believe this and 36% say they don’t know.

• Of the 47% people who believe that advanced alien civilizations exists, 60% say that humans should try to get in contact with these civilizations. 21% say that we should not try and seek contact and 19% say that they don’t know.

Now we have a reaction from the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. Their article is titled Poll: Half of Humanity Believes in Aliens .

It was written by Brian Thomas. He’s described at the end of his articles as “Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.” This is ICR’s biographical information on him. We’ll give you some excerpts from his new post, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

After briefly summarizing the results of the poll, Brian says:

We apparently live in alien-crazed societies. Where is the evidence that has convinced so many of space aliens?

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Where’s the evidence of Adam & Eve, Noah’s Flood, and all the other miraculous things promoted by creationists? Anyway, after that he explains why there can’t be any aliens:

First, Scripture shows no direct support for E.T.s. In fact, the Bible poses a gospel challenge to the existence of intelligent alien civilizations. ICR news wrote in 2011, “Extraterrestrial life would also contradict the Bible’s claim that ‘Christ died once for all’ to pay for the sins of humanity (Hebrews 10:10), since to be fair, He would have to die as many times as there are planets inhabited with intelligent life.” Since the Lord Jesus died only once before His resurrection, He could not have gone to die again on alien planets. Therefore, intelligent redeemable E.T.s must not exist.

That makes sense. Brian continues:

What about support from science? Even secular researchers have refuted intelligent aliens on the basis of a complete lack of E.T. evidence. Nobody has ever detected a single intelligent signal that came from out there.

Refuted? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! It’s true that we haven’t found anything yet, but it’s a big galaxy and we’ve only begun to search. But wait — Brian has more scientific evidence:

Plus, they long ago raised a logical argument against aliens called the “Fermi paradox.” So many stars and planets populate the universe that even if a tiny fraction were suitable for life, many should populate the universe today if stars and planets have been emerging for billions of years. Instead it’s as silent as sound in space.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The Fermi paradox isn’t an “argument against aliens.” It just points out that there’s no evidence — yet — of their existence; but there are many possible reasons why that is so. We gave our own reasons in Charles Krauthammer and the Fermi Paradox. Here’s part of what we said:

We think we may very well be unique. It’s not that life on Earth is unique in the universe — not at all. And we don’t think we’re unique in possessing intelligence. But what may be unique about us is that we’ve developed the glorious concept of science.

Think about it. For most of humanity’s existence, although some technology was developed, there was nothing like our modern scientific civilization. It could be that, like humans until quite recently, the intelligent aliens out there never develop beyond the stage of ancient Egypt, or Babylonia, or even Rome. … So although they exist, we can’t hear them.

[…]

Even a brief acquaintance with history reveals that our current situation was by no means inevitable, and its survival is certainly not assured. Humans could have gone on, as they always had, living in one version of Babylonia after another, without ever creating the philosophical foundation for what we now enjoy. Except for the last ten generations or so, that’s been the entirety of human civilization. And so it could be with intelligent aliens.

That still satisfies us, but not the creationists at ICR. Brian goes on:

It looks like half the world believes in aliens for reasons other than tangible or logical evidence. So, what feature do E.T.s carry that compels so many to accept the concept? It does fit right in with evolution’s story of a universe where nature, not God, somehow does all the creating.

Aha! It’s Darwin’s fault. Another excerpt:

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute is dedicated to the search for space aliens. … But after listening for years the SETI Institute has zero E.T. evidence.

That’s true. But we have found thousands of extra-solar planets, hundreds of which are Earth-like. It’s a start. Here’s the end of Brian’s post:

Cultural phenomena like the movie industry and popular evolutionary dramas may propagate widespread belief in space aliens, but so far it has no biblical or scientific legs to stand on.

If you don’t have biblical legs to stand on, then you don’t have anything. That’s why ICR says: Phooey on aliens!

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7 responses to “ICR Discusses Aliens Again

  1. First, Scripture shows no direct support for E.T.s. In fact, the Bible poses a gospel challenge to the existence of intelligent alien civilizations. ICR news wrote in 2011, “Extraterrestrial life would also contradict the Bible’s claim that ‘Christ died once for all’ to pay for the sins of humanity (Hebrews 10:10), since to be fair, He would have to die as many times as there are planets inhabited with intelligent life.” Since the Lord Jesus died only once before His resurrection, He could not have gone to die again on alien planets. Therefore, intelligent redeemable E.T.s must not exist.

    The Seventh-Day Adventists I went to school with for awhile handled this issue a different way. They insisted that intelligent aliens wouldn’t need redemption, because only Adam and Eve fell and not whatever First Couples might have existed on other worlds. Therefore there was no need for Jesus to sacrifice Himself more than once. Also therefore, they insisted, God would never allow humans to make contact with alien beings, lest we contaminate hem with our moral cooties, er, that is, sinful nature.

  2. That argument against ETs seems to me to depend upon mere human fallible reason, not the plain text of the Gospels. Its conclusion, that there is something which is not possible for God, seems to be dangerous. The safe opinion would seem to me to say that the Bible does not tell us one way or the other.

  3. “Scripture shows no direct support for” germs either. So until science demonstrated them Brian’s position was that “researchers have refuted germs on the basis of a complete lack of germ evidence.” Sounds like a reliable method to me.

    “Since the Lord Jesus died only once ”
    How does Brian know? Was he there? If Jesus did it once he could have done it twice. Brian is doubting his Lord’s omnipotence. Of course Brian is also a hypocrite – if we detect an alien civilization and they are familiar with Jesus’ story he will be unashamed and the first to yelp “told you so!”

  4. There is a precedent for this. When Europeans began to explore the New World, they learned of the existence of people who were not in the Bible. These people could not have heard of the Good News. Somehow the theological problems were solved.

  5. “Cultural phenomena like… popular evolutionary dramas….”

    My favorite evolutionary dramas are “Law and Order: Rodentia” and “Head of the Class Reptilia.”

  6. Rikki_Tikki_Taalik

    I miss the good ‘ol days when, up until the late ’80s and some into the ’90s, these guys and others like them used to argue against the existence of exoplanets in exactly the same manner.

    That’s all nicely swept under the rug now.

  7. Stephen Kennedy

    Fermi was a great nuclear physicist but I do not think he knew much about Astronomy and was not aware of the nearly incomprehensible distances to even the closest stars. The Voyagers reached the outer Solar System in a few years but it will be another 70,000 years until they get as far as Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun. Current technology could not detect a 50.000 watt radio station at that distance. SETI can really only succeed if an alien civilization were to emit vastly more powerful signals than we use.

    I was a Physics major as an undergraduate and remember one problem in the chapter of our text on Relativity where we had to calculate the energy needed to accelerate a spacecraft to relativistic velocities. What I took away from that problem is that interstellar travel is impossible for even the most advanced civilizations,