I once tried to write a college paper on extraterrestrials. I would say the attempt floundered pretty badly -- not only is it hard to speculate about the issue without getting into some sticky territory spiritually, but it also doesnâ€™t help that most of the loudest voices among those who believe are seen as conspiracy theorists and nutjobs.
So I was interested when Edgar Mitchell, a veteran of the Apollo 14 mission, decided to speak out. The guy is a former astronaut; he canâ€™t be all crazy, right?
At any rate, heâ€™s getting national coverage, including the Reuters video below.
More than wondering whether itâ€™s possible that aliens exist, I find it more interesting to notice how hungry the public is for stuff like this. If you havenâ€™t noticed, the news feeds on sites like Yahoo! and AOL are littered with stories of UFO sightings quite regularly. The mystery of it all seems to pique our interest in a unique way. I wonder if the public isnâ€™t eager to grab onto tangible evidence of something beyond itself, so we read the stories in hopes of finding something that will, once and for all, make us believe.
How could we parlay this widely-held interest in the supernatural into a discussion about our faith?
(The above link to an interview with Mitchell provides a lot more information than does this brief video.)