UFO Conjectures

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Ufology’s UFO Obsession a replacement for Theology’s God Obsession?

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I notice that the search for an explanation or understanding of UFOs is remarkably like the once obsessional search for and explanation or understanding of God by theologians and/or philosophers.

While UFOs don’t have the import of a God explanation, they do have the same kind of underlying mystery, only one that is not so profound.

Our friend Parakletos isn’t dissuaded from his ongoing need to understand what God is or isn’t. He persists in his pursuit of the meaning(s) of life as defined by philosophers or theologians.

Yet, I see some UFO buffs suppressing their belief or non-belief in God, replacing their “philosophical” inquiry with an inquiry into the mysteries presented by the UFO phenomenon, using Roswell as a kind of tipping point, not unlike that of the Jesus period in theology’s pursuit of the ultimate transcendental divine moment.

I think I understand the UFO agnosticism of Paul Kimball and Nick Redfern. (They are also agnostic about God too, although Mr. Kimball is steeped in religious hooey.)

Gilles Fernandez, who is atheistic about UFOs and especially Roswell, is very likely atheistic about God and Jesus as God, or so it seems to me. (Gilles is awash with the sentiments of Camus or Gide, his fellow Frenchmen, as I see it.)

CDA is a God-believer I think, but has his caveats about what God is. Lance Moody is anti-God? I dunno. He’s anti-UFO and really anti-Roswell (as far as the ET part of it), so I’m assuming he’s atheistic about a divinity, God or otherwise.

PurrlGurrl strikes me as a person who believes in a God but dislikes or hates the evangelical aspects of religion just as she hates the idiocies of ufology.

Susan/Brownie harbors nice sentiments about UFOs, and God/Jesus also I bet.

Bruce Duensing sees UFOs much as he sees God: a mental overlay by humanity derived from cultural input mostly.

Tim Hebert has the idea that God and UFOs are elements of the mind, with some kind of reality that mystifies and remains abstruse because of the fol-de-rol of human thought and neurological quirks.

Ross Evans wants to know what the hell UFOs are and what the hell went on at Roswell. I’m guessing he wants to know, also, what really happened in Jerusalem when Josephus was mentioning Jesus of Nazareth without anything more than an aside.

Dominick – and I have to be careful here – believes in Jesus and God just as he “believes in UFOs” but tempers his belief with a façade of objectivity so as not to be labeled, as I am doing here.

Larry and Lawrence downplay their UFO obsession by presenting a kind of scientific approach to the phenomenon. I imagine they do the same when it comes to discussions of God and Jesus or divinities of any kind.

Zoam Chomsky is anti-God just as he is anti-UFOs, is he not?

Kurt Peters is flippant about UFOs, and God too?

Frank Stalter loves hockey more than UFOs or God; a practical stance it seems to me.

Me? God is dead, not in the metaphorical sense beleaguered by Nietzsche but actually, physically, and Jesus died shortly after his Resurrection, just as UFOs have died for those who understand that the phenomenon’s current malaise and status are the fumes of the mystery, not a temporary diminution in sightings. UFOs are dead, as an aspect of human culture, just as God is dead for cognoscenti.

RR