Scanners Set To Discernment: Introduction

To many, they are merely figments of the imagination epitomizing either the mark of creative genius or insanity depending upon the context in which they are mentioned.

However, UFO’s or extraterrestrials may prove to be one of the greatest apologetic challenges of the twenty-first century.

These entities (either real or imagined) are increasingly coming to be seen as gods or spiritual guides among those that have embraced worldviews that do not want to acknowledge humanity’s dependence on the all-powerful and holy God of the Bible but who are unsettled by the prospects of a universe without guidance from beings more advanced along the chain of existence.

It is the purpose of this project to examine a number of the spiritual beliefs surrounding UFO’s in popular culture and to contrast these with the orthodox Christian worldview.

This will be accomplished by detailing a history of the highlights of the UFO phenomena and by elaborating on a number of the assumptions and movements that have sprung up surrounding this phenomena.

By placing these ideas into a larger social and cultural context, it can be seen how worldviews have shifted over time and how Christians need to adapt apologetic approaches in order to reach those mired in these developing systems of thought and belief.

By Frederick Meekins