Considering his statement in the movie Expelled
Many blogs have been asking the question for the last few days: Is Richard Dawkins Raelian?
In the current Ben Stein movie, “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” he commented:
“It could be that at some earlier time, somewhere in the universe, a civilization evolved, probably by some kind of Darwinian means, probably to a very high level of technology, and that it designed a form of life it seeded, perhaps onto this planet. Now that is a possibility, and an intriguing possibility. And I suppose it’s possible you might find evidence for that. If you look at the details of biochemistry, of molecular biology, you might find a signature of some sort of designer.”
Dawkins’ comments are logical and in perfect agreement with current scientific knowledge:
1. The likely existence of extraterrestrial, intelligent life is now accepted as a strong possibility by both the public and the scientific community. In 2001, there were 14 SETI projects operating on astronomers’ telescopes, and more are planned.
2. Biologists such as Craig Venter are creating new, artificial forms of life.
3. Teams at NASA have plans to implant life on different planets (see NASA’s “terra forming” programs).
4. Civilizations across the planet have historical traditions and narratives concerning “those who created us and went back to the stars,” including the story told by the Bible in Genesis, which relates that the “Elohim” created us. Note that “Elohim” is a Hebrew word in plural form, and that it has nothing to do with the common mistranslation, “God.” In fact, “Elohim” literally means: “those who came from the sky.”
The list of evidence supporting the Raelian philosophy is long and can be seen on our main Web site, www.rael.org, as well as in Rael’s book “Intelligent Design,” available as a free download there.