Is There Life Out There? (Interview with Jeff Zweerink)

Between novels, movies and television series, some of the most popular story lines involve extra-terrestrial beings living on exotic planets somewhere in the universe. The notion of alien life in the cosmos has captured our creative imagination and our scientific focus. If you’re like me, you’ve probably given the possibility of extra-terrestrial beings some serious thought. You may also have wondered if the existence of such beings would significantly impact the claims of Christianity. If aliens do live somewhere in the universe, would their existence disprove the Christian worldview? Well, Jeff Zweerink, an astrophysicist and Senior Research Scholar at Reasons to Believe, has written a new book that will inform and help Christians think clearly about the possibility of extra-terrestrial life. Is There Life Out There is a fascinating and informative book, so I asked Jeff to answer a few questions:

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Prometheus Review

If “Alien” is sci-fi horror, and “Aliens” is sci-fi action, then “Prometheus” is sci-fi thriller.  From the tense atmosphere, benchmark visual design, and philosophical ambitions, “Prometheus” feels like a film that was made with love at every turn.  Though my peers and the film’s critics accuse the front end of the film as being boring, I found the total experience to be jolting, tension filled, and visually spectacular.

Prometheus is the name of a trillion dollar ship funded by Peter Weyland, CEO of the Weyland Company.  The ship spends 2 years in flight to find the origin of mankind.  On board the ship are scientists, engineers, and a humanoid robot.  We learn quite early on that each crew member has varying allegiances to the purpose and goals of the mission.  One such scientist, Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) has a dedication and belief in God that appears unwavering.  Her quest is fueled by the question of who created humanity.  Meanwhile, David (Michael Fassbender) is a robot who appears to have varying motives, more than alluded to in the films viral video marketing campaign.  This all mixes together to stir a pot of tension that sets off a crate of fireworks in the second half of the film.

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Aliens and Nephilim: Review of The Facade

“Most people don’t want the truth … they’re looking for answers to confirm their prejudices,” reads the cover of Michael S. Heiser’s thriller novel, The Façade.

I joke that I read most of this book in the bathroom because it scared the “you know what” out of me. There is no doubt that Mike Heiser, who edits Bible Study Magazine with me and is the Academic Editor of Logos Bible Software, knows how to weave a plot and write dialogue. The pages of this chilling book are riddled with examples of his skill:

“The creature quietly removed the papers from his hand.
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