SETI and THE BIBLE
(Investigator 98, 2004 September)
The senior astronomer at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute in
, predicts we'll detect other intelligent life in our galaxy – if it exists – within 20 years. (New Scientist, 2004, July 24, p24) Mountain View, California
Seth Shostak used the formula proposed in 1961 by Frank Drake (Investigator 94 p16) and calculated that between 10,000 and 1,000,000 alien civilizations in our galaxy might be transmitting radio signals.
In coming up with 20 years Shostak estimates that computer processing power will keep on doubling every few years and radio telescope technology will also advance.
why an all-powerful God who loves us humans – if such a God exists –
humans suffer so much.
From the explanation it apparently followed that: “Alien civilizations, therefore, either don't exist or if they do exist they would be at peace with God and therefore forbidden from contacting us and telling us." (p35)
Detection of aliens versus no detection – opposing predictions!
This looks like a major showdown between science and the Bible except for one problem – if science loses the defeat is already explained.
(2004, August 14, p4)
says, "broadcast television services are giving way to technologies
that do not
leak radio signals into space." Similarly, if alien civilizations
planets might not be emitting detectable radio signals!