Arthur C. Clarke’s 3rd law, “Any sufficiently advance science is indistinguishable from magic,” certainly applies to those who integrate religion and science fiction. This integration has played a large part in many major, and not so major, religions, as well as some alternate interpretations of history.
The most obvious one on any such list is Scientology. Invented by a science fiction writer, aliens are at the core of the religion.
Xenu, was, according to the founder of Scientology L. Ron Hubbard, the dictator of the “Galactic Confederacy” who, 75 million years ago, brought billions of his people to Earth (then known as “Teegeeack”) in a DC-8-like spacecraft, stacked them around volcanoes and killed them using hydrogen bombs. Official Scientology scriptures hold that the essences of these many people remained, and that they form around people in modern times, causing them spiritual harm.
Raelians are another sci-fi based organization, founded in 1974 by Claude Vorilhon, now known as Raël.
The Raëlian Movement teaches that life on Earth was scientifically created by a species of extraterrestrials, which they call the Elohim. Members of this species appeared human and when having personal contacts with the descendants of the humans they made, they previously misinformed (on purpose) early humanity that they were angels, cherubim or gods. Raëlians believe messengers, or prophets, of the Elohim include Buddha, Jesus, and others who informed humans of each era.The founder of Raëlism, members claim, received the final message of the Elohim and that its purpose is to inform the world about Elohim and that if humans become aware and peaceful enough, they wish to be welcomed by them.
Sounds a lot like Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” among many others, although the alien’s in Prometheus were more like the vicious god from the Old Testament. In the Hebrew Bible the word Elohim is used in both singular and plural forms to indicate god or gods. Interpret that as you will.
A much lesser known and smaller group is the Aetherius Society.
The Aetherius Society is a UFO religion founded by George King in 1954 (or 1955), combining UFO claims, yoga, and ideas from various world religions,notably Buddhism, Christianity, and Theosophy. The religion’s stated goal is to prevent the annihilation of the Earth by improving cooperation between humanity and various alien species, and by improving the spiritual lives of the world. The society has claimed that various disasters may be prevented by prayer, often aided by “Spiritual Energy Batteries” meant to store healing psychic energy The society also believes that it is to make the way for the “Next Master,” a messianic figure who will descend upon Earth in a flying saucer, possessing magic more powerful than all the world’s armies. The society is named after Aetherius, a being King claims to have telepathically contacted and channeled. Aetherius is believed to be a “Cosmic Master” from Venus, along with Buddha and Jesus. The society’s membership, although international in composition, is not very large, consisting of approximately 650 members as of 1993.
In similarity to the Eastern Mysticism that permeates the Aetherius Society, a belief in reincarnation gives you many chances to attain perfection and ultimately merge with our intergalactic overlords.
Another small group that follow the Pleiadians, a collective of multidimensional spirit beings from the Pleiades star system, have been speaking through Barbara Marciniak since May of 1988.
The Pleiadians are here to assist humanity with the process of spiritual transformation in the years leading up to December 2012. Their distinctive style blends wit and wisdom, common sense, and cosmic knowledge in teachings that encourage expansive thinking and personal empowerment, and which have been compared to native shamanism.
For more information on The Pleiadians, just send Barbara some money or buy her books and she’ll be happy to oblige you.
Then we have the Mormons. When Mitt Romney became a contender, his Mormon beliefs came under some scrutiny, and we learned that God lives on the fictional planet Kolob.
Kobol, an anagram, was the ancestral home of humans on the TV series Battlestar Galactica. Also, the primary search of the series was to find the location of the missing tribe of humans. I believe I read somewhere that at least one of the writers was a follower of Joseph Smith. Whether or not this had anything to do with the lack of black or gay characters, we can only speculate.
Anyone old enough will remember Erich von Däniken, and how his books Chariots of the Gods?, Gods from Outer Space, Signs of the Gods and others brought these fringe ideas into the mainstream. Now recognized as, at best a dreamer, and at worst a fraud, no one pays much attention to Däniken any longer. I read those books as a young teen, and even then I was underwhelmed by his evidence. I guess I’ve spent a lot of my life being skeptical.
Prior to all of these were the Assyrians, a people based near the Tigris River and a
dominant force throughout the Near East for three hundred years – from 900 through 600 BCE. At the peak of their power, they controlled much of what we consider the Middle East— from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean, Egypt to the land of the Cimmerians (the home of Conan for those who forgot).
The Assyrians were known as fierce warriors and many assumed this was due to shrewd leadership from their earthy kings. There is no evidence they worshipped a particularly universe-wide deity, however, a bas relief, currently in an British museum, shows the real reason for the Assyrian success in battle.
Look closely, that’s not a battering ram, that’s a Dalek. Some writers have referred to Jesus as The Lord of Time and Space, and the decline of Assyrian power coincided with the rise of Christianity (well a bit before, but what’s a few hundred years between Time Lords).
We can’t choose just one, so all of the extraterrestrial religions are true. We have been a secret inter-galactic battleground for eons. So far, we are still surviving, and I think we’ll be ok, at least until the highway makers come through.