Ridley Scott’s film Prometheus hits theaters Friday, June 8. It has the feel of a prequel to his Alien trilogy movies. The premise of the film is simple:

“[A]n Earth-based crew is sent on a long journey to a near-by star system to explore a planet believed to host an advanced civilization. The film asks not just how realistic such a premise is, but more complex questions: Did aliens create the human race? If so, does that negate the existence of God? Or, did God create the aliens?”

People looking for a way to fill the spiritual vacuum left by atheistic materialism want to do it on their own terms, even if what they advocate is more fiction than true science. The materialists are still trying to prove that God does not exist. If they could only find another highly evolved civilization among the multitude of unexplored galaxies, then such a discovery would prove that no god is needed to explain how life came to Earth.

Actually, Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the structure of the DNA molecule, for which he received a Nobel Prize, proposed a theory called “directed panspermia.”[1] Crick thinks “that life on earth may have begun when aliens from another planet sent a rocket ship containing spores to seed the earth.” The most natural question is, “Where did the aliens come from?” Was there an alien race that seeded the planet of aliens that seeded Earth? Crick’s hypothesis only pushes the argument back several steps with no final resolution. “This scenario still leaves open the question of who designed the designer [aliens] — how did life originally originate?”[2]
Crick and other advocates of “directed panspermia” have no way to account for the original seed bearers. Crick’s extraterrestrial quest, even though it has the trappings of science, is ultimately religious. He is searching for ultimate meaning in terms of what the stars might reveal about how life might have originated on Earth….

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