A Critique of the Palaeovisitological Hypothesis of Jesus Christʼs Alien Origin
Keywords:paleocontact theory, ancient aliens, ufology and christianity, pseudoscience, cargo cult
The pseudoscientific palaeocontact hypothesis suggests that aliens from other planets visited Earth in ancient times. Palaeovisitologists believe that ancient people encountering advanced space technology found it miraculous and therefore deified aliens from space, which is why the deities of all ancient religions are considered to be descended from alien prototypes. The principle here is similar to that of cargo cults. While such a juxtaposition may seem rational, the absence of serious historical sources and data that would allow us to consider the ideas of palaeovisitology as having a real basis in fact means that we cannot consider them as factual evidence. The conclusions drawn by palaeovisitologists are based on distorted or falsified facts and assumptions and have no historical validity, so that the existence of Jesus Christ as an alien from outer space is an unreliable hypothesis that finds support only in fictitiously fabricated stories. This means that the image of Jesus as an alien from outer space can be dismissed as pseudo-scientific.
From the perspective of divinity, we can assume that people interested in palaeovisitology are on a path of divinity in which images of God are projected onto imaginary aliens from outer space. Belief in aliens who visited Earth in ancient times and created man is implicitly an attempt to change God and make him more earthly. This also allows us to simplify religion itself. On the other hand, the mere search for a god is not sufficient for rational faith, so the paleovisitology hypothesis itself is rejected, but in order to guide people towards rational faith, attempts can be made to create new pastoral forms that help people to discover the grain of true faith, rejecting the pseudo-scientific delusions.