ExoTheology & Space-Age Interpretations of the Bible

(religious implications of an inhabited universe)

false dichotomy: either diminuitive ETs or holy angels

I was thinking the other day of doing an rhetorical analysis of the discussion (if it can be called that) between ancient astronaut theorists and those who think the AATs are crazy.

Came across this satirical review of G. Cope Schellhorn’s Extraterrestrials in Biblical Prophecy, entitled “Jesus the Messiah-astronaut, C-3P0 rocks an ascot, and other craziness from Out of the Closet on Sunset” and filed under “Studies in Crap.”

This is a good example of the way in which AATs are accused (and, I think, often rightly) of taking a too-low view of Jesus, the angels, and “God.” In other words, AAT cannot be valid because it sounds absurd to think of God that way.

Scherstuhl comments on Schellhorn’s ideas about Jesus:

Aping the language of a president addressing the State of the Union, Schellhorn writes:

“The evidence of extraterrestrial involvement in the birth of Jesus Christ is strong.”

Yes, meet E.T. Jesus! When He walks on the beach, there’s one set of footprints and a trail of Reeses Pieces.

In other words, “It’s absurd to imagine Jesus in extraterrestrial terms because that must necessarily mean Jesus would be lowered to the level of the diminutive and vulnerable character “E.T.””

It’s a kind of false dichotomy: there are either the ETs of our sci-fi imagination (or, similarly, the astronauts of NASA in the late 1960s / early 1970s) or there are holy angels, Jesus, and God. No in-betweens.


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