Mehran Sam, Raelian Bishop-Guide and biologist answers to the Time magazine's article available here
Dear Time Editor,
Evolution is the only scientific theory that has had to fight for acceptance among the general public for more than a century. When science announced that it is not god that inflicts disease but germs, people readily accepted it and welcomed the implications of this newly found knowledge into their lives. However still half or more of the populace in many countries including many scientists do not accept evolution as a satisfactory explanation for our origins, a majority thinking life is too complex and elaborate to come about randomly. Clearly evolutionists have not been able to convince them otherwise.
On the other hand, the rise of the intelligent design theory indicates that even the alternative belief that God has worked through an evolutionary mechanism to create human beings has not been a satisfactory explanation for many who adhere to a religious belief. There is something inherently and fundamentally wrong with the notion that randomness can bring about intelligent minds into existence. Why do we love music, a Picasso painting or the moonlight reflected on a pond!? Half of us see that no amount of natural selection theorizing can explain away our sense of awe and wonder in the universe.
I sympathize that this is a very similar frustration to what scientists feel towards religion about the notion of an unknowable god being responsible for everything in the universe.
Science is a very respected enterprise and has been widely embraced in our age by a large majority. But this one exceptional scientific theory has failed to capture the imagination even when it's been wrapped within the notion of a creator god for the sake of the faithful. When there is such a wide divide for such a long period of time, one can suspect that each side has only a partial grasp of the truth or perhaps the solution lies elsewhere.
The atheist Intelligent Design theory explains that there is no god and that life has been created by an advanced extraterrestrial civilization who visited the earth and implanted life through the work of their scientists.
Their work on the earth was gradual starting with simple life forms, thus the theory can satisfy the observation of our scientists regarding a gradual progression in the complexity of life forms. Secondly, these extraterrestrial scientists, called the Elohim in the Hebrew bible, appointed their messengers on the earth to guide and help humanity towards progress, thereby the atheist Intelligent Design theory can also satisfy the religious people who believe and trust the words of their prophets and do not wish to stray from their belief.
Only intelligent life forms can design and create intelligent life. This is the Raelian position as the third alternative explicating our origins. In 33 years that Rael has been promoting this plausible explanation no one has been able to provide a counter argument against it. The readership of the Time magazine may very well welcome such a sensible and strong alternative.
The truth about where we come from is only one and stays the same over time!
Let's see if together and using our common sense we can find out and agree on what that truth is.
As journalists (and public servants) you may choose to ignore it for another 33 years to the dismay of your readership thirsty for the truth, yet the truth stays one and the same . no matter how many pages of rubbish is instead published. no matter how long it's ignored or by how many!]
Mehran Sam, Ph.D.
Association of Raelian Scientists