As people lose faith in God, belief in UFOs increases

Diana Pasulka

By Jeri Ballard —

For many Americans who have lost faith in God, belief in aliens and UFOs is an attractive substitute religion, says Professor Diana Pasulka in Vox News.

“One way we can make sense of this by using a very old but functional definition of religion as simply the belief in nonhuman and supernatural intelligent beings that often descend from the sky,” says the University of North Carolina academic. “There are many definitions of religion, but this one is pretty standard.”

Her research, published in the book American Cosmic: UFOs, Religion, Technology, found that more than half of American adults believe in aliens, and the younger generation is even more persuaded with over 60 percent admitting they think we’re not alone in the universe.

Once the domain of the American fringe, flying saucers and bug-eyed beings are moving out of the sci-fi thriller movie and into the mainstream American psyche at a time when more people are doubting traditional Christianity.

Vox declared UFOs as the next great religion to replace the Bible.

“Often, a religion begins with contact from something divine, something beyond the normal plane of human experience, and that thing communicates with a person on earth,” Pasulka says. “And then there’s a story told about it. And then from that story, we get a larger narrative that erupts into what we call religious traditions. Something very similar is happening right now around belief in extraterrestrial life.”

Faith in space invaders is not being limited to the gullible that are easily swayed by conspiracy theory videos on YouTube. For the UFO “religion,” scientists and skeptics are readily signing up.

Pasulka cites Ellen Stofan, a former chief scientist at NASA, who declared on national television recently: “We are going to find extraterrestrial life.”

Other scientists claim to be reverse-engineering alloys and artifacts from a supposed UFO crash in the hinterlands of New Mexico.

Tours of supposed UFO crash site are offered in Roswell, New Mexico

At the same time, the New York Times legitimized faith in UFOs by documenting US research programs and military protocols when a UFO is observed. A recent Times article includes supposed footage of UFOs filmed by US airmen.

Such beliefs are easy to subscribe to if your mental framework starts with a evolutionary mindset. If life spontaneously generated here, why not elsewhere in the vast reaches of space? Never mind that Stephen Hawking postulated the theory of the multiverse (multiple parallel universes) only to improve theoretical chances of life self-forming since mathematical probabilities basically rule it out, if there’s no Divine Hand behind it.

Fabricated flying saucer photo?

Behind the rush to swap out Christianity for UFOism is the perception of a new crisis and the need for a new savior.

“We’re in a kind of planetary crisis at the moment, and there’s an increase in apocalyptic beliefs about our capacity to survive on earth. A lot of people see disaster on the horizon, and there’s a deep fear that we won’t be able to save ourselves,” Pasulka says.

“What will save us? Well, for some, it will be these advanced beings who come to us and tell us what we can do or how we can escape. Maybe they will help us find another planetary home, or maybe they’ll bring some lifesaving technology. Who knows? But these sorts of beliefs are lurking beneath a lot of the popular fascination with alien life.”

By contrast, Christians believe Jesus is the extraterrestrial God sent to earth to tell humanity how to escape the coming judgment.

Jeri Ballard studies at the Lighthouse Christian Academy in Los Angeles.


  1. If there truly are born-again Christians exchanging faith for spaceships I would chalk it up to those maligning the Scriptures. There are those who would attempt to shame those who rely on the Scriptures by calling them Biblioloters in an effort to get them to set the Scriptures aside. There are those who allegorize the Creation account in order to introduce evolution. There are those who question the validity of the Scriptures. I recently read on a Facebook post where someone who travels to and speaks at different churches was telling his readers that the Scriptures only speak to us corporately, not individually. To learn from God individually we should get together in groups and counsel each other. What’s missing in this? The Scriptures.

    I would say that a lot of what’s happening is the result of an effort to malign the Word of God so that people will disregard the Scriptures. Then it becomes easy to introduce deception.

  2. The reason people no longer want their faith in Jesus, is because they would rather keep their favorite sins or often used sins then Jesus bloody work on the cross for their sins. The cross of Jesus offends their wanton life of sin . Satan knows the most favorite sins or often used sins of each one of us. He prowls around like a hungry lion by using our most favorite or often used sins to destroy our faith that they are sin and need the savior Jesus from those sins. It could be any sin from.road rage to sins of lust for some one or some thing.

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