Popular fantasy becomes cultural ‘fact’
by Gary Bates
Recently there has been an accelerated ‘wave’ of UFO hysteria sweeping the globe, and many supporters have contacted us asking for comments. Later in this article, the recent claims are highlighted and addressed. Because we have written much in recent years about the growing popularity of what is commonly called the UFO phenomenon, this article will only briefly touch on what underpins this cultural phenomenon. Many of our original arguments and explanations are still relevant to these new speculative claims that appear in the media. This article provides many links to relevant articles already on creation.com, and we recommend spending time reading and researching these links and articles before commenting on this one (particularly before writing in, per the feedback rules of this site). It is impossible to cover every question raised by this phenomenon in one article, so for a comprehensive and up-to-date treatise we recommend the latest edition of the best-seller Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection (AI) which has new first-hand research, or visit the aliens/UFOs section of our site.
Christianity redefined and replaced
Belief in extraterrestrial life has effectively become a new religion for many, replacing traditional belief. For example, the sociologist Gerald Eberlein stated:
“ … research has shown that people who are not affiliated with any church, but who claim that they are religious, are particularly susceptible to the possible existence of extraterrestrials. For them, UFOlogy is a substitute religion.”1….
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