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Ancient Astronaut Theorists and Mainstream Scientists: Religious Ideologues?

Erich von Daniken, the Egyptain Dendera "Light Bulb", and Neil deGrasse Tyson [L-R] (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Erich von Daniken, the Egyptain Dendera “Light Bulb”, and Neil deGrasse Tyson [L-R] (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)


by Aaron J. Schieding

It is well known that some establishment scientists believe in God or gods, but that doesn’t mean that they believe in Creationism. Many ancient astronaut theorists have non-traditional beliefs, but they don’t all discount the possibility of the existence of a supreme being. In fact, for both groups, there’s no rule that says one has to have any particular religious beliefs. Yet, members of both groups may sometimes seem like they’re acting on a religious-like ideology. Essentially, this stems from stubbornness to accept either new or old/established ideas.

In 1968, Erich von Daniken’s book “Chariots of the Gods?” forever altered preconceived notions about human history. He claimed that our civilization has been influenced by past visits from ‘gods,’ who were actually extraterrestrials. Obviously, this did not sit well with most scholars of history and religion. But from Daniken’s point of view, establishment critics were inflexible and had a collective mindset.
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