Unidentified Flying Objects: Fact or Fiction?

Unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, as they're fondly
called, are one of the century's most intriguing and
controversial mysteries. Since ancient times, UFOs of all types
have been accounted for. More today than ever, hundreds of
thinkers, theologians, and scientists have tried to answer why
there are or whether there aren't UFOs. According to some, the
speculation that UFOs are alien spacecrafts from another world is
an absurd and foolish proposal. Others vehemently disagree
and assert that extraterrestrial life is not only possible, but
such life forms may be superior, technologically advanced beings
who visit our Earth regularly.
Are these "flying saucers" a figment of our imagination?
Or, are they a genuine reality we prefer to dismiss because we
fear the scary truth that we are not the only master race? Are
we hesitant because society dubs such "immature" psycho
tantamount to subscribing to belief in ghosts? These are a few
of the many pertinent UFO questions the mature individual must
One of the most popular theories that support and explains
the existence of alien beings is the ancient astronaut theory.
This theory contains three main schools of thought. The first
states that aliens bred with our primitive forebears thereby
creating modern man. The second is quite similar. Aliens
performed genetic engineering on apes thereby creating the Homo
Sapiens and man's intelligence. The third, and least accepted,
is that colonists from another galaxy came to Earth, mated with
the primitives and established a high level of culture,
before being destroyed by some natural catastrophe. And upon
this catastrophe and destruction, we build and grow (Fitzgerald
1). Berossus, a Babylonian scholar, may have been the first
astronaut historian. He said that " animals endowed with
reason" bestowed the Sumerian culture before 3000 BCE. The
Sumerians, along with their cultural inheritors, the Babylonians,
never referred to such beings as gods. Rather they were depicted
as "disgusting abominations," adescription only deserved by
uninvited alien visitors (2).
One step further takes the astronaut theory and surmises
that with it, we can understand the later religious cultures,
such as the Hebrews who are thought to have borrowed much of
Sumerian practice. Such religions and secret societies,
with their elaborate and complicated rituals may actually be
"preserving from a previous epoch fragments of an esoteric and
little understood knowledge, just as the Egyptian, Hebrew, and
Mayan priests guarded in their temples the inspired word of their
self-possessed creators (3)." Alien originators may have set
down certain rites which became confused over the years,
resulting in the various ancient religions; aliens being the
source of our notion of God. This also may explain how miles
long designs, only viewable from the air, were created in ancient
times. The only rationalization for the possibility of such
designs is that the ancients had assistance from the sky, namely
extraterrestrial assistance. Many UFO theorists, astronomer
Morris Jessup being the forerunner, go even further: not only
were pre-Biblical and Biblical times full of Alien intervention,
but he contends that the UFO phenomenon is the missing link
between Biblical supernatural accounts of miracles and
established, contradicting science. Jessup explains that
"nothing is supernatural and nothing is outside nature (12)."
He continues that the Bible is full of UFO accounts, depicted by
various descriptions: angels, the revelation on Mt. Sinai, the
burning bush, and Elijah's levitation to heaven. Jessup says
the Bible is a physical record, not a collection of divine
revelation "although the miracles of this and all religions
invite rational and physical explanation, if we grant the
'existence of spatial intelligence (13).'" Another thinker,
Brinsley Trent, follows the theme of extraterrestrial
interpretations of the Bible and claims that the Garden of Eden
was, as many ancient texts point out, not the underground,
but in the Underworld - i.e. outside the orbit of earth, meaning
Mars. When the Great Flood occurred, Noah built a great "boat,"
a spaceship, and landed on Earth (Life 16).
However, Cornell astronomer Carl Sagan warns that this
ancient astronaut theory and the "saucer myths" represent a
compromise "between the need to believe in a traditional God
and the contemporary pressures to accept the pronouncement of
science (Fitzgerald 5);" therefore, according to Sagan, the
proposition that aliens exist and the astronaut theory should be