In the comments for this post, a fundamentalist Christian said something about Richard Dawkins believing in alien creators. I think this might be what the guy was talking about. I’m not all that keen on the god-like alien idea, but I do think it’s a way to fit intelligent design and evolution together. It seems that a lot of Creationists pretend there are only two options: that the God of the Bible exists and made the universe, or that there is no god and everything just happened by chance. Honestly, the latter is pretty much what I believe. That’s not to say that everything happened randomly; there are causes for things, but I don’t think there’s any grand plan or thinking personality behind them. To my mind, there’s no reason why there would have to be a creator. That said, just because there doesn’t HAVE to be a creator doesn’t mean there necessarily ISN’T one. Still, my primary objection to the Christian view of creation isn’t so much the idea of a creative intelligence so much as that of a PERFECT creative intelligence. If the creator is perfect, then why is the creation so obviously imperfect? At least the alien concept, as well as most older religions, admit that the “gods” could be flawed.
I’ve written before about the ancient alien idea as proposed by Erich von Däniken, and I found it rather offensive, inasmuch as it essentially says humans couldn’t have stacked rocks on top of each other without the help of some greater intelligence. Sure, humanity can be pretty stupid, but our species does have occasional insights. So I don’t think aliens were holding the hands of humans throughout their development, but I guess there technically COULD have been super-intelligent beings who have visited Earth and affected it in some way. Then again, they’d presumably have to have figured out some way to exceed the speed of light, unless they had a base closer to Earth that still hasn’t been discovered. Or maybe several generations lived and died in a space-going vessel. There are possibilities for how alien visitation might have worked, certainly, but I want to see some actual evidence. Until then, I’m just going to chalk both extraterrestrials and gods up to human imagination.