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What does this Christian think of ‘Prometheus’?

October 3, 2012 Leave a comment

This past summer, I treated myself to a movie at the theaters. One of my all-time favorite movies is the sci-fi thriller Alien, so when I heard that Prometheus was a prequel, I decided to watch.

Prometheus, directed by Ridley Scott (who also directed Alien), is one of those films that you really have to see a few times to really grasp all its nuances. What it strikes me as is a vivid, but hardly exhaustive explanation of events that took place before Alien. We also learn from the film that a human-like alien race apparently created the human race, perhaps in the form of dropping seeds off on earth and letting them germinate and evolve. Basically, it’s what I’ve heard Dr. Richard Dawkins speculate how mankind came about when pressed about the countless problems within evolution and the countless unanswered questions. I suppose that’s more plausible to him than just admitting a supreme intelligence created it all.

Some did not like Prometheus because they felt it presented a premise that shattered the tenants of Christianity. To me, as a Christian who believes in intelligent design and has lots of questions, it is science fiction. A fascinating film at that.

Do I believe there is intelligent life on other planets? It’s possible, considering the billions of galaxies out there. I doubt we’ll know until heaven just how majestic God is in His creation. Maybe there are other worlds with humans or non-humans. I suspect that for now, God has deemed it unnecessary for us to learn directly about them. 

Or, maybe we are alone.

For now, I watch Prometheus and Alien and count them as one theory and go from there.

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